Robbie Krejci P.E., St. Croix County Highway Commissioner and Chairman of the WCHA Legislative Committee, urges people to drive carefully in highway work zones as the Construction season comes to a close throughout Wisconsin. Krejci also reminds drivers that as the weather turns to winter, County priorities shifts to winter Maintenance activities.
“..these lighting options will help drivers to distinguish between our operators attempting to clear the lanes of travel for the public and the private section plowing parking lots and driveways, creating a safer environment for all.”-Roland Hawk P.E. Wood County Highway Commissioner, President of the WCHA
In the last legislative session, the legislature passed new lighting options for municipal vehicles, allowing
the use of Fluorescent Green warning lights on Municipal vehicles. Krejci said “These new lighting options have proven to increase driver awareness significantly, creating a safer winter driving experience for the public, along with the safety of our operators clearing snow on roadways across the State”.
However, after seeing these lights popping up on private vehicles, there is a reminder that this new Legislation is limited to municipal vehicles, and the public will begin to see these lights on many snowplows this winter season. State law does not allow the green lights on Private vehicles used for snowplowing or various other private maintenance activities.
Roland Hawk P.E. Wood County Highway Commissioner and President of the WCHA said “We want to thank the legislature and our Governor for their efforts in passing this important piece of transportation safety legislation, which was created and supported by the WCHA” Hawk added “these lighting options will help drivers to distinguish between our operators attempting to clear the lanes of travel for the public and the private section plowing parking lots and driveways, creating a safer environment for all”
The WCHA urges drivers to watch for the new Green Warning Lights in combination with the traditional yellow warning lights helping drivers to be more aware of municipal vehicles working on the roadways, as the winter season in Wisconsin approaches, and as always please slow down and drive with care.
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