Traction devices required on parts of 175th Avenue

For Immediate Release: Sunday, December 26, 2021

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation

Click to enlargeWashington County has activated a snow zone on 175th Avenue, between Scholls Ferry and Rigert roads, due to inclement weather.

Motorists are required by law to use traction control devices – including chains, studded tires, Mountain Snowflake tires, winter tires or “tire socks” – on their vehicles or avoid these areas. Traction device violations are a “secondary offense,” meaning citations will be issued when motorists are observed violating other traffic laws or driving unsafely. The citations carry a fine of up to $160.  
Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation (LUT) is reporting abandoned vehicles to the Washington County Sheriff's Office for possible citations and towing. Abandoned vehicles are a safety hazard. They can impact drivers' line of sight and block snowplows, emergency vehicles and public transit.   

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Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users and operating the County roadway system in cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Public Affairs and Communications Manager