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Dec. 7, 2012

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MnDOT urges motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions this weekend

Plow drivers rely on motorists to keep Minnesota roads safe

 

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s snowplow operators are trained, experienced and prepared to assist motorists through this weekend’s winter weather in several parts of the state.   

 

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

 

Last year in Minnesota, there were 21 crashes involving vehicles that hit snowplows. This is typically caused by inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions.

 

Operators have much to monitor and control, and their ability to see behind them is limited by side mirrors. Their vision can also be hampered by the snow clouds they create while plowing.

 

“We all must get back into winter driving mode, which means increasing caution and patience while reducing distractions,” Arseneau urged. “To keep themselves safe and the highways open, motorists need to stay at least five car lengths away from snowplows and give the plows time to remove the snow.”

 

Safe driving means:

 

For additional information, go to www.mndot.gov/workzone or follow #mnstorm on Twitter.

 

 

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