No tow ban implemented in Marathon Co., tow truck drivers say they're thankful

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) --- With all the recent snow, emergency responders are being kept pretty busy. Lieutenant Steve DeNovi with the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, said as of 6 a.m. Thursday morning, their communication center had received more than 50 weather-related calls.

In Marathon Co., a no tow ban has been implemented until 8 a.m. Friday morning. After two snowstorms in one week, following a week of extreme cold, local tow truck drivers have been working nonstop.

"We've had multiple trucks busy around the clock this whole week, and even last week with the cold spell it was just back to back," said Joe Rader of Joe Rader Towing.

With the county-wide no tow ban, it gives tow truck drivers a little rest and helps put their minds at ease.

"The biggest thing is you know you slide in a ditch, and we're there trying to rescue you and no one can see that our truck is there. It's a pretty big high-risk situation for accidents and stuff like that," said Rader.

"Everything is status quo, we're still going to be responding to crash scenes. We're just not going to be removing vehicles from ditch lines or medians, where they're otherwise not going to be in the way of snow removal operations, or it's not necessary to remove them from the scene because they're in the way of anything. We'll just leave them sit," said Lt. DeNovi.

He also said that one problem they find is people are driving without their headlights on, which is not only a contributing factor to crashes but also goes against a recent law.

"If a motorist did not have their headlights on at the time of a crash and it was overcast or otherwise inclement weather, that's being noted on the crash reports and the insurance companies are seeing that," said Lt. DeNovi.

If you do have to be out driving in these conditions, remember your headlights and make sure you're taking it slow.

"It's easy to forget that we lose traction in Wisconsin when it snows, between snowfalls. You just have to be hyper-vigilant when you're driving and know that there's not just you out there on the road," said Lt. DeNovi.

As the temperatures begin to sink overnight, be careful of icy conditions during Friday morning's commute.

The no tow ban in Marathon Co. is set to lift Friday at 8 a.m., so if you had to abandon your car, make sure you're prepared to get your car towed after the ban ends.