Thursday, February 6, 2014

ADOT snowplow crews at work

There’s a chance for snow in parts of the state today and tomorrow, which means ADOT’s snowplow drivers are getting ready for the storm ahead…

Now, while the rest of us may prep for wintery weather by finding a blanket and a warm mug of cocoa, ADOT’s snowplow drivers have a much bigger agenda.

They’re charged with keeping the state’s roads clear and safe, but many motorists may not realize the effort it takes. That’s why today’s video is so great, because it shows us a day in the life of a snowplow driver.

And, what a long day it is!

“Our shift runs from midnight until noon … if it’s snowing, we’re out here all night long,” says snowplow driver Joe Chavez.

Respect the plow!
As these snowplow drivers do their job, they need the cooperation of other motorists. Here are a few tips to remember if you’re driving near a plow:
  • Never pass a snowplow! Slow down and be patient.  
  • Stay at least four car lengths behind snowplows and equipment. Plowed snow can create a cloud that reduces visibility, and spreaders on trucks throw salt or sand that can damage your vehicle. 
  • Watch for snowplows operating in multiple travel lanes or in tandem. 
  • If approaching an oncoming snowplow, slow down and give the plow extra room.
Get more driving tips and find useful information over on our “Know Snow” Web page. You can also check out our previous blog posts and videos for even more about how ADOT prepares for the snowy season. 
Posted by Angela DeWelles   |  Labels:  -KnowSnow, Video, Weather


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Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.