ODOT shows what can happen when motorists 'crowd the plow'

Tractor trailer rear-ended ODOT snow plow on interstate.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 23, 2013


With the latest forecasts predicting snow tonight, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reminding motorists “Don’t Crowd The Plow.”

So far this winter, there were 13 crashes involving ODOT snow plows including one earlier last week in Washington County (photo attached). In that crash, a tractor trailer rear-ended an ODOT snow plow on Interstate 77. Neither driver was seriously injured.

Statistics show that most crashes are preventable and are caused by drivers simply going too fast for the conditions or not paying attention.

“Our plow drivers work long hours in difficult conditions to keep motorists safe during the winter,” ODOT Director Jerry Wray said. “We are asking for motorists to do their part by giving snowplows room to do their job effectively.”

Statewide, more than 1,600 snowplow trucks and 3,000 drivers will be on state, U.S. and interstate routes at any given time over the weekend. When plowing and treating the roads, ODOT trucks travel between 30 to 35 mph, well below the posted speed limit.

ODOT safety experts urge motorists to stay clear of snowplows by using the following tips:

·  Distance – Give snowplows room to work.  Don’t tailgate and try not to pass.  If you must pass, take extreme caution and beware of the snow cloud.  Also slow down for oncoming snowplows; snowplows plow far and wide.

·  Speed – Snowplows travel below the posted speed limit.  Be patient.  Ice and Snow…Take it Slow.

·  Vision – A snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted.  You may see them, but they don’t always see you.  Keep your distance and watch for sudden stops.

·  KNOB4UGO – Before you get behind the wheel, remember to visit www.ohgo.com for winter road conditions in your area.



That high intensity white light blinds the driver that is approaching from the rear or when trying to pass.

Why is it against the law to have a broken taillight lens or back up lights that emits a white light, but is ok for the state?


But officer, I couldn't see the snow plow for the blinding LED lights on it.




I know for a fact that their are 12 plows for odot per 12 hr shift in erie county..88 counties in ohio..88 x 15 average per county equals 1,320 plows..then add county and local..3,000 pretty close





Estrella Damm

I like that the painted all of the truck white, to blend in with the snow. Brilliant.




Estrella, good observation. Earl Scheib must of had a special on white. Kilroy, why is it that I disagree with everything you have ever posted? Trying to pass in poor driving conditions? Following too closely? Go back and read paragraph 3. Wasp- you're an idiot- not dot dot dot.


Wow- you hurt my feelings Kingd*k..and it was dotdotdotdot....see? I put the word AND the "dot" so even you can understand. And for your info, white is cheap...would you like your tax dollars spent on a pretty sky blue or pink, cupcake?


Because what I say is the truth and you are always assuming. You really do need to think about what you are typing before clicking the save button, if you are capable. Assuming 101...Assuming that snow plows are only on the roads during poor driving conditions. Many times they are out on the roads prior to and after the poor driving conditions. Have you not ever seen them pre-treating or cleaning the berm of the roads when the roads were dry. Now who is the idiot? Could it be you again?


I'm sorry, I thought by filling in the two missing letters I was actually helping you to find your true inner self- you were sooo close. At the very least I thought I may have been snapping you out of a seizure at your keyboard- dotdotdotdotdotdotdotdotdot.... Also, with a screen name like wasp, it figures you would stick up for white paint....


What difference does it make what color the semi is?


Because its something that we can argue about! Can't you see how easy that is- just disagree with everybody- it makes these forums more fun! I say they should all be painted to match the color of the pavement!