(Dodge County) Dodge County Sheriff, Dale Schmidt, wants to remind us to be thankful for the hard work and long hours put in by the County Highway Department, and local street departments who work to clear our roadways of snow and ice during the winter months. To put into perspective the work that goes into keeping the roads clear, Sheriff Schmidt says the Dodge County Highway Department clears over 540 miles of county truck highways, 227 miles of state and U.S. highways, and 114 miles of town roads within Dodge County which must be plowed twice with every snow storm to ensure a clear roadway in each direction.
Sheriff Schmidt asks that motorists show caution and give plow drivers the room they need to operate. Snow plows may make movements on the road that are unexpected such as U-turns or baking up at intersections. Drivers are advised to stay a minimum of 200 feet behind the snowplow which is a legally enforced distance when snow plows are moving 35mph or more and actively removing ice or snow. Driving in winter weather can be challenging. Slow down, give our plow drivers space and be patient with them as they work those long hours to make driving in winter weather easier and safer.