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MnDOT Urging Extra Caution Around Snowplows

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January 11, 2017 03:09 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to use extra caution around snowplows during winter operations just one day after a driver was killed in a crash with a snowplow. 

MnDOT says there have been more than 30 crashes this season involving vehicles and snowplows compared to 48 crashes last winter. 

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"Crashes usually happen because of inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow or motorists driving too fast for conditions," State Maintenance Engineer Steve Lund said. "Our snowplow drivers are well trained to driver their plows, but motorists should be patient and stay back from the plow." 

Lund says snowplow operators' ability to see behind them is restricted behind the truck so they must rely on mirrors to see to the rear and side of the truck. MnDOT recommends drivers stay at least 10 car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud. 

State law requires drivers to turn on their headlights when it's snowing or any other time when weather conditions impair visibility. 

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