WDAY: The News Leader

Published February 08, 2010, 08:03 AM

Plows traveling in pairs to avoid accidents

(WDAY TV) - We all hear the warnings, but we don't always pay attention. Slow down when near a snow plow! When visibility is reduced, The North Dakota Department of Transportation is now sending 2-plows to do the job of one.

What you see here is windshield glass from a car that hit the back of this snow truck. This is a perfect example of why plows are going out in pairs.

To avoid more of these accidents, the DOT sometimes has one truck plow, while another rides behind, basically swerving back and forth in order to keep other cars back. This wastes gas and also prevents that second truck from plowing another area.

But, without the team work, Nord says, too often these plows and their drivers are put in danger by cars trying to pass.

Bruce Nord/ND DOT: “We wouldn't be running those trucks together if we didn't feel we needed to for safety reasons. All of our operators have families at home and they want to be able to go home to their family.”

Nord says they also have to spend money repairing this truck, because it is currently inoperable.