State Patrol: Spin Out in Winter Weather, and You'll Get a Ticket
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Story Created: Dec 9, 2008
Story Updated: Dec 9, 2008
The Wisconsin State Patrol says that slick roads aren't an excuse for losing control on the highways.
The law enforcement agency says it will be giving out tickets if your car slides off the road.
"You're definitely going to get a tow bill ticket," said Wisconsin State Patrol Captain Varla Bishop.
"It depends on the circumstances. You may receive a citation, but the tow trucks are busy this morning, and you're not going to get your vehicle pulled out right away. You're going to be waiting a bit for that."
Another member of the state patrol who works the beat on a daily basis realizes that your spinouts and other troubles on the road don't just affect yourself.
"By you going out there and spinning out you're putting everyone else in danger also, and that's not fair to them," said Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Kristian Perales.
Perales tests the road when he starts his shift during slippery conditions.
"When there's nobody around, I will go a certain speed and hit my brakes to see what the car does." Perales believes stopping is most important thing to consider when it comes what speed to drive on the highway when it snows.
Conditions on the freeways and roads have been treacherous during the recent snows, and especially in this current batch of winter weather.
"During some of the black ice conditions we saw last week, 25 miles per hour was maximum speed on I-94," said Waukesha County Sheriff's Lieutenant Tom Moerman.
To avoid crashes, spinouts and other maladies on the road, Bishop gives suggestions.
"They've just got to slow down, give themselves some time," said Bishop.
"They've got to keep some distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them in case traffic does come to a stop, and remember to either slow down or merge left for any maintenance vehicles, plows and squad cars that are out there.
"Just be real defensive in your driving and look down the road, and watch for brake lights that come on ahead."