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Posted on: October 15, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Snow Removal


Give the Plows a Break!

Driving a snowplow is one of the toughest jobs around! Operators must maneuver a 27’ truck with a 10’ plow while dealing with foggy windows, swirling snow, slippery roads, icy intersections and everyday traffic. So please, “give ‘em a brake.”

• During snow storm conditions, snow plows are considered and should be treated as an emergency vehicle.
• Keep a safe distance when following snow plows. This is critical because snowplows create a swirl of snow that can blind the driver of a car following too closely or cars approaching from the opposite direction.
• Snow trucks may also be spreading material as they plow snow to melt snow and ice to provide traction for driving safety.
• Don’t stop too closely behind a stopped snowplow. The operator may be preparing to back up and may not see you.
• Don’t pass a snowplow unless your visibility is perfectly clear and it is completely safe for you, the snowplow driver, and other vehicles.
• Patience is very necessary during snow season. The snowplow operator is working to provide safe road conditions for you and your family.

Story County Snow Ordinance
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