A bill intended to reduce damage from studded horseshoes on rural highways won unanimous approval Feb. 20 in the state Assembly.
Authored by Rep. Kathy Bernier, R-Lake Hallie, the bill would allow municipalities to ban the use of horseshoes used for traction in winter during road construction season when the studs on them can do damage to fresh asphalt.
Buggy drivers would get a warning for their first offense, but second and subsequent offenses would result in $25 and $50 fines, respectively.
The restriction on horseshoes with studs a quarter-inch or longer would be from April 1 to Oct. 31 annually.
The legislation was spurred on by complaints in recent years of freshly resurfaced roads in Thorp and Eau Claire County that suffered significant damage from horseshoes.
A companion version of Bernier’s bill in the Senate has been awaiting action in a committee since Nov. 20.