RHINELANDER - Snowy roads can cause plenty of driving problems, but tall piles of snow can be just as dangerous.
Snow piled up at corners of intersections greatly cuts into what drivers can see as they turn the corners.
The best thing to do is to slowly ease forward to improve your line of sight.
"You want to stop at that stop line then slowly creep forward into the intersection and see a clearer path coming into the intersection," said Sergeant Kurt Helke of the Rhinelander Police Department. "You don't want to blindly pull out into the intersection, that's where there's going to be an increased accident rate."
Folks at Rhinelander Public Works are working to get rid of that piled-up snow.
Part of River Street was sectioned off today in order to get rid of the excess snow piles.
The Rhinelander Police Department and Public Works communicate often to keep the roads as drivable as possible.
"We have a pretty good communication for that and the same thing goes with dealing with these hazardous intersections when we deal with them," said Sgt. Helke. "If one is worse than another one we'll have dispatch contact the city shop and they'll send somebody out right away."
Snow and icy roads do cause the most winter accidents this time of year versus the snow banks.
Still, you should take turns slowly this time of year because it's hard to tell what's headed your way.
Rhinelander Public Works says the snow should completely melt sometime in April.
MERRILL - The school bells rang Tuesday morning for students across Wisconsin.
Another school year has begun with kids looking forward to a new year.
It also means that drivers should be on the lookout around schools.
In Merrill, police keep a close watch around school zones the first few weeks of class.
Speed limits drop dramatically as drivers enter school zones.
Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff says it's important to be especially observant this time of year.
"Especially the first week or two of school because kids are excited, and maybe not so excited, about getting back to school," Neff said. "They're thinking about their friends and maybe not paying attention to traffic."
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
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