ODOT Reminds Drivers: Don’t Crowd the Plow
Remember in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow
DELAWARE (January 9, 2009) --With the forecasted winter weather for the first half of the weekend predicting everything from freezing rain to as much as eight inches of snowfall for northern Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is asking motorists to share the road responsibly with snow plows. In other words: Don’t Crowd the Plow.
ODOT District 6, which includes Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties, has more than 160 plow trucks and 180 drivers ready to clear ice and snow from the nearly 4,800 lane miles of highway throughout these eight counties.
“Give snowplows room to work,” said District 6 Deputy Director Tom Wester. “Let these drivers clear the roads so they are safe and passable for all of us.” Weather forecasters are predicting heavy snow- as much as eight inches for the northern half of the state this weekend, a mix of rain and snow in Central Ohio, and possibly rain for areas south of Interstate 70.
This being the first significant snowfall accumulation for many areas of the state, ODOT is urging motorists to practice other safe driving winter skills, including:
Distance – Give snowplows room to work. Don’t tailgate and try not to pass. If you must pass, use extreme caution and beware of blowing snow. Snowplows are wide. Remember, it is safer to be at least two car lengths behind the plow rather than passing the plow and driving on a road that may not have been cleared.
Speed – Snowplow drivers travel well below the posted speed limit. Be patient.
Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they don’t always see you. Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops.
With drifting and blowing snow predicted, visibility can be significantly reduced, and travel conditions can change from mile to mile. So remember, in Ice and Snow… Take it Slow.
For safe winter driving, get the most up-to-date traffic information and 24-hour road conditions at www.buckeyetraffic.org.
For more information contact Nancy Burton, Central Office Communications, at (614) 728-8915 or Brian Hedge, District 6 Communications, at (740) 833-8260.