Sheriff Encourages Safe Driving Practices In Winter Weather

(Juneau) Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt is reminding motorists of safe driving practices during wintery weather. Tips include driving at a safe appropriate speed, allowing enough time to safely arrive at one’s destination, not using cruise control in winter conditions, and staying a safe distance behind snow plows. Schmidt says the law requires drivers to stay 200 feet behind a snow plow. He says each winter there usually is at least one vehicle versus snow plow crash which, unfortunately, takes a plow of the roadways and means longer times to clear snow and ice. During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Schmidt highlighted an often overlooked winter practice. He says it is important to remember to take five minutes to clear snow and ice from the vehicle. Schmidt says it is illegal to not clean the windows on a vehicle which can cost a first offender a $175.30 fine and two demerit points against one license. Drivers are also reminded that the posted speed limit is for clear conditions as inclement weather can require a person to drive slower.