Stay Back From Plows, MnDOT Warns

By Steve Murphy, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MnDOT is hoping Minnesotans have learned a lesson from the weekend ice storm about the importance of staying clear of snowplows.

In all, 16 MnDOT trucks were involved in accidents.  Spokesman Kevin Walker says it can be downright dangerous to pass a snowplow.

“First of all, it’s 20 times larger than a vehicle and …  snow plows drive anywhere from 30 to 50 miles an hour slower than the driving traffic,” he said. “Hopefully these first couple of storms will get in the back of our minds, then we’ll start to slow down.”

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MnDOT expects to have more than 200 plows on Twin Cities metro roads during Wednesday’s anticipated snowstorm.

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  1. Greg Laden says:

    Do we know if there is a relationship between accident rates with plows and the state’s changes in staffing? I remember from last year or the year before that state employees who normally don’t drive the plows were pressed into service to save money. Is this that particular chicken coming home to roost?

    1. Rick Ferguson says:

      What difference should it make. The plow it’s self is Blaze Orange in Color, has multiple ( WORKING ) strobe and warning lights on it. Maybe the motoring public will someday awaken pay attention to thier driving and listen to the WARNING’S , Stay Back and Stay Alive.

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