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Feb. 28, 2012




Minnesota Department of Transportation
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MnDOT snowplow crews ready for winter storm

Motorists must do their part to keep Minnesota roads safe



ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are prepared to assist motorists through the snow, rain and sleet crossing the state Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 28-29.   


“Our crews have the equipment and technology to do an excellent job of clearing Minnesota’s roads,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. “We need motorists to do their part to keep the roads safe, by giving our plows room to work.”


Operators have much to monitor and control, and their side mirrors are the only tool to see behind the plow. Plow drivers’ vision also can be obstructed by the snow clouds they create while plowing.


“To keep themselves safe and the highways open, motorists must slow down and drive according to road conditions,” Sorel cautioned. “This mild winter hasn’t given motorists much chance to practice winter driving skills. We should slow down and take our time if we have to drive in winter weather.”


Motorists need to stay at least five car lengths away from snowplows and give the plows time to remove the snow and melt the ice.


Safe driving means:






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