UDOT reminds drivers to give snowplows their space

UDOT hopes tricked out snow plows will prevent crashes

SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- There is another round of winter approaching Utah and UDOT issuing a warning to drivers.

They are urging drivers to be careful when approaching a working snowplow.  They’re reminding drivers not to pass a snowplow and stay behind by at least a football field length.

"We're just trying to do our job and make the road safer for you"

UDOT spokesman John Gleason said this winter there has been eleven snowplows hit by drivers.  One of those drivers hit was Stephen Foster.

“The seriousness of it is, with not just our drivers but the public as well, we want everyone to go home at the end of the day,” said Foster.  “That's the goal.  If people can understand.  I know it's hard sometimes.  People have places to go.  We're just trying to do our job and make the road safer for you.”

UDOT has been on a campaign to make it safer for its drivers as well as the driving public.

Last winter their snowplows were hit sixty times according to UDOT.   Since then, they’ve installed new LED light “whips” on the blade to make it more visible.


But accidents are still occurring.  UDOT said during last week’s snowstorm their plows were hit twice.

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