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April Law of the Month

State law requires headlight use so you can see and be seen


If you can see traffic around you and be seen by other drivers, your chances of reaching your destination safely obviously improve. That’s why the Wisconsin State Patrol reminds drivers to turn on their headlights when needed.

According to state law, you must use headlights during hours of darkness, which is defined as “the period of time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise and all other times when there is not sufficient natural light to render clearly visible any person or vehicle upon a highway at a distance of 500 feet.”

To increase headlight effectiveness, you should use high beams whenever there are no oncoming vehicles because high beams let you see twice as far, advises State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald.

“However, you must dim your high beams whenever you approach an oncoming vehicle within 500 feet, which is about one-tenth of a mile. High beams also should be dimmed when you are 500 feet or less behind another vehicle or when traffic is heavy,” Superintendent Fitzgerald says. “Low beams should be used when driving in fog or heavy rain because the light from high beams will reflect off the precipitation and cause glare. Don’t drive with only your parking lights on. Parking lights are for parking only.”

A citation for failing to use headlights when required or failing to dim high beams within 500 feet of another vehicle will cost drivers $162.70  plus three demerit points.

“Besides helping you see the road and other vehicles, headlights also make your vehicle more visible to other drivers,” Superintendent Fitzgerald said. “This is especially true on rainy or foggy days. A sensible rule to follow is that if you turn on your windshield wipers also turn on your headlights.”


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Ordinance Information:

The Tomah Police Department will be working to educate the citizens of our great community on different ordinances. As of late, we have focused on buildings within the City of Tomah that don't have building numbers ...displayed as described in the ordinance below. If contact is not made with the property owner a warning/notice will be placed in a mailbox or other conspicuous location. Whether contact is made or not a warning will be issued for tracking purposes and enforcement action, if necessary. The property owner will have 15 days to correct the violation. If a property owner needs additional time they need to contact the Tomah Police Department.

Please go to and at the top of the page there is a link for ‘MUNICIPAL CODE.' This is a very handy tool to quickly locate ordinances concerning the City of Tomah. Enter a key word into the search bar and you’ll get results that should allow you to quickly locate the desired information.

I will be overseeing this project and any questions or concerns can be directed to me at 608-374-7512 or by email at Let’s all work together to make this community better than it already is. We thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Ord. Sec. 10-6. Building numbers.

(a) Generally. All buildings in the city shall be assigned a building number by the public works department. The assigned number shall be displayed on the front of the building. The assigned number shall be displayed in contrasting colors. The number shall be four inches or larger.

(b) Commercial buildings. Any commercial building with a public entrance fronting an alley shall display the building number at that location. The number shall be four inches or larger.

Sergeant Eric Pedersen

11-10-12: Just a reminder of the new speed limit change on North Superior Avenue. The speed limit is 30MPH from Larkin Street to the Railroad tracks. Speed citations may result if you are stopped by Police. CLICK HERE FOR THE TOMAH JOURNAL ARTICLE

03-13-12: The Tomah Police Department has recently joined the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Information from law enforcement will come right to your email, cell phone text, or fax machine, in real time when you need it most. The Wisconsin Crime Alert Network is used for: Crime Prevention, Finding Stolen Property, Identifying Suspects, Locating Missing Persons, Notifying public about Police Action. All Alerts are TIMELY, RELEVANT, and ACTIONABLE for the recipient. If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please visit the link below for more details.

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TOMAH DRUG TIP LINE: (608) 374-7510
The Tomah Police Department has created a "Drug Tip Line" as a means for citizens to provide information anonymously regarding the possession or sale of illegal drugs in or around the City of Tomah. Anyone with information is to call the number provided an leave a detailed voicemail. The voicemail will be maintained by the Tomah Police Department Investigator, who will be conducting an appropriate investigation into the matter.


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