Snow doesn't dampen rules of the road

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Just because you can't see them doesn't mean you can ignore them. That's the message coming from the Rapid City Police.

A fresh coat of snow blanketing road signs doesn't negate the rules. As far as speed limit signs go, police say you should be going well below the posted speed when there is snow on the ground. However, officers may be more lenient for other signs under certain circumstances. Still, the signs are designed to be recognizable, even if you can't read the words on them.

"A stop sign which is a pretty easy answer," said Public Information Officer Brendyn Medina. "It's octagonal in shape. You're probably going to see some red bleeding through. So if you do go through that intersection with out stopping- you should know better and you're probably going to get pulled over."

Police officers are allowed to use their discretion at every stop before issuing any citations.