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News Release

February 9, 2010



Minnesota Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Mail Stop 150
St. Paul, MN 55155-1899

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Winter storm causes numerous crashes involving snowplows Mn/DOT reminds motorists to stay back, stay alive



SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Nine traffic crashes involving snowplows have occurred on area highways throughout Minnesota in the last two days, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.  Five of the crashes happened in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and four took place in southeastern Minnesota.


Mn/DOT reminds motorists of these safe driving tips around snowplows:


Stay back - at least five car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.


Stay alert – snowplows turn or exit frequently and often with little warning; they may also travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.


Slow down – snowplows typically move at slower speeds.


Be patient – remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.


Check road– go to www.511mn.org or call 511; it takes time to get roads back to good driving conditions.





Stay Back; Stay Alive