More clarity around safely passing snow plows on Saskatchewan roads was the intention of changes made to legislation.
Theresa Finn with the Ministry of Highways says drivers are required to slow to 60 when passing any highway equipment that’s stopped on the side of the road, and can pass snow removal equipment when it’s safe to do so, even at a higher speed than 60.
Finn mentioned a recent collision near Saskatoon as an example of what not to do.
“We actually had two plows hit yesterday (Jan. 7) during the day close to Saskatoon, and there were injuries and also significant damage to our equipment and also private vehicles.”
Snowplows create mini blizzards when plowing, called the “snow zone”, which can impact visibility.
Operators usually pull over every 10 kilometres or when it is safe to allow traffic to pass.
“They really do work hard behind the scenes – we don’t always see them, we don’t always recognize them, but they’re working all hours of the day and night to keep those highways safe,” Finn said. “If (there’s) anything we can do to keep them safe while they’re working we should.”