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Safety in the Snow: Avoiding dangerous driving as plows do their job

Posted at 7:49 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 20:15:52-05

INDIANAPOLIS — As plow truck drivers have been working around the clock to treat the roadways, it is important to make sure you are being safe to help keep plow drivers safe.

Indiana Department of Transportation has crews working in 12 hour shifts to treat the roads.

Drivers like Mirana Orick, say they see cars put themselves and others at risk by pulling dangerous moves while driving.

"They'll try to speed past you and definitely drive too close," Orick said.

As the second round of snow moves in Tuesday evening, INDOT recommends following the clear parts of the interstate to avoid slick spots.

"Stay where you see people have gone before that will be the safest for you and it'll be the safest for other drivers," Mallory Duncan, director of communications for INDOT, said. "We had a couple instances this morning of people trying to pass plow drivers on the shoulders which did not work out for the vehicle."

RTV6 saw several cars trying to pass the plows as we rode along with INDOT,

"Give them space. Even more space than you would the car in front of you as much as you can," Duncan said. "We say 50 feet, but in a snow event if you can give them 100 anything that you can do."

A full call-out off plow drivers lasts until 12 p.m. Tuesday.

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