Eau Claire (WQOW) - Wednesday is Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin, a timely reminder of the State Patrol's upcoming law of the month: Don't follow snowplows too closely.
The law says if the posted speed limit is more than 35 mph, you must not be closer than 200 feet from the rear of the snowplow. That distance decreases to 75 feet at any speed less than that.
Eau Claire County Highway Commissioner Jon Johnson told News 18 it takes a long time for a 100,000 lb. snowplow to stop, so drivers need to keep their eyes open to help plow drivers do their job safely.
"These trucks have a lot of LED lights on them, but unfortunately sometimes in the snow it is hard to see because of the dust cloud," Johnson said. "When they are plowing you have that dust rolling off the back of the truck so it is very hard to see."
Johnson has had drivers run into the back of his trucks before and said it is never fun to go through that.
Fines for not staying far enough behind a plow truck start at $175.