ODOT Reminding Drivers: Don’t Crowd the Plow
Remember in Ice and Snow…Take it Slow
Chillicothe -- With winter weather arriving in southern Ohio this afternoon, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is asking motorists to share the road responsibly with snow plows, reminding them: Don’t Crowd the Plow.
There are 110 plow trucks and more than 200 drivers ready to clear ice and snow from the nearly 3,700 lane miles of highway in ODOT District 9, and these crews are at the ready whenever winter weather strikes. However, snowplow operators need room to work, and they travel at speeds well below the posted speed limit.
“While it is the drivers’ goal to clear the roads so they are safe and passable for all of us, we want to remind motorists that they need to give the crews room to work,” said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart.
ODOT urges motorists to practice other safe driving winter skills, reminding them to heed the following:
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.
It also important to note that visibility can be reduced significantly during inclement weather, 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.
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For More Information, Contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501 ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio