Remember When Passing Snow Plows It’s Not A Race – Give Some Space
The Government of Saskatchewan wants to remind everyone this winter season that when passing snowplows, It’s not a race. Give some space.
Highway snow plow operators often work early mornings and late into the night, as long as it’s safe for them to be on the road. There are many passionate and dedicated people inside our snow plows and they do it to keep us safe.
“It’s important to remember these aren’t just highway workers in our plows, they’re someone’s family,” Highways Minister Joe Hargrave said. “They are the unsung heroes of highway safety, and they all deserve our thanks. So let’s make sure we do our part and give them the space they need to work and ensure they go home safely.”
Our snow plows have blue and amber flashing lights. When these lights are on, it means the snow plow is performing winter duties and you should be careful. Winter duties includes plowing, sanding, salting and inspecting roads. Some road bridge repairs also occur during the winter.
Here are some rules to keep in mind when passing slow plows on our highways:
- Treat snow plows like you would any emergency vehicle.
- If they are pulled over on the side of the road and have their lights flashing, slow to 60/hr.
- If the plow is driving and has its lights flashing, approach with caution and pass when safe to do so.
- If the plow is clearing snow and visibility is low, be patient. Snow plows pull over every 10-15 kms to allow you to pass safely.
Operators regularly inspect highways to determine if plowing, salt or sand is needed to ensure safe driving conditions. They report conditions to the Highway Hotline, which publishes timely information on Saskatchewan road conditions.
Always check the Hotline before you travel by visiting www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline or calling 511.
You can also find information related to provincial highways by following us on:
- Facebook – @SaskatchewanHighwayHotline
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Our Highway Customer Service Centre can answer all your questions or concerns regarding signage, work zone, winter maintenance and more. Reach out by calling 1-844-SK-HIWAY, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit us online at www.saskatchewan.ca/skhiway.