Follow towing law this summer

Before you hit the road for a fishing or camping trip this summer, make sure that your boat, camper, trailer or other piece of towed equipment is securely fastened to your vehicle.

“For safe towing on roadways, state law requires that the ball and hitch coupling assembly must be the same size and must latch securely. The latching mechanism also must be able to prevent disengagement of the trailer while the vehicle is in operation,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Capt. Ryan Chaffee of the Northeast Region/ Fond du Lac Post.

“Two safety chains of proper length and strength must be attached between the vehicle and the trailer. The slack on each length of chain must not be more than is necessary to permit proper turning. In addition, it’s a good idea to crisscross the safety chains to create a cradle that can catch the tongue of the trailer and prevent it from striking the pavement if an unexpected disconnection occurs,” Chaffee concluded.

A violation of the state law regarding properly securing trailers costs $200.50 with two demerit points added to a driver’s license.


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