Am I allowed to pass a snowplow?

There are no state laws that prohibit you from passing a snowplow. However, it is illegal (State Statute 346.915) to follow a snowplow closer than 200 feet upon any highway having the posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour if the snowplow is engaged in snow and ice removal. The majority of crashes involving snowplows and vehicles happen when a snowplow is rear ended or hit while being passed. 

Snowplows have wing plow blades that can extend anywhere between 2 and 10 feet beyond the width of the truck. This wing and plow blade is often not seen because of the snow cloud being kicked up by the snowplow. These wing plows can often weigh as much as a compact car.

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1. Who is responsible for my road?
2. How do I report a pothole/road issue?
3. How do I report damage to my mailbox?
4. How do I report a dead deer?
5. Why do we salt the roadways in the winter?
6. What are the limitations of road salt?
7. Why doesn’t the County use more sand?
8. Am I allowed to pass a snowplow?
9. Who determines when the snowplows are called out?
10. Why is it that I never seem to see a snowplow during a winter storm?
11. Why the difference in performance from storm to storm?
12. Why are you spraying water on the roadway on a perfectly clear day?