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Published November 22, 2010, 08:35 AM

Plow Truck Driver: It is never safe to pass a plow truck

If this morning is any indication of how the snow clearing season will go, plow truck drivers say it could be a very long year. Snow Plow Drivers dodged a few bullets as they were throwing a cloud of snow in the air this morning.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The first snow fall tested Fargo workers. A few kinks to work out with the plows, but most difficult was keeping up with the snow. Plows started at 7 this morning and will be working around the clock. They're trying to clear the city by tomorrow morning.

The focus today was on the main roads, and they'll begin working on neighborhoods tonight. Workers say the snow was easy on the equipment, but it was hard to keep up with.

“As far as plowing it off the streets, it's not heavy; it's pretty easy to plow actually. Just when it's snowing an inch an hour it's hard to tell where we've been.”

To be prepared for the first big snow, the public works staff has been on split shifts since the beginning of November.

If this morning is any indication of how the snow clearing season will go, plow truck drivers say it could be a very long year. Snow Plow Drivers dodged a few bullets as they were throwing a cloud of snow in the air this morning.

Snow plow drivers say it didn't take long this morning before vehicles started breaking the golden rule. Never pass a plow truck.

"When they do that, they don't realize that we're coming in and out of islands and if they come up to the front side of a plow, odds are we might run into them because we're watching other things."

Dwight Dullum is in his 12th year of working for Fargo, all of them spent right here in the truck, plowing roads every winter. In all of his years he says he has never encountered a scenario in Fargo where it's okay and safe to pass the plow truck.

"Stay back let us do our job. Get the roads clean for you and you'll get there a lot safer if you don't try and pass us."

Dullum says especially with snow like today, people should stay back because all around the truck is a thick white cloud.

"Pretty light and fluffy that's for sure, but you sure can stay back it isn’t going to hurt my feelings."

Dullum did say he knows the plows are a pain for drivers. He says he just doesn't want to see a bad accident happen before people start following the golden rule, and leave some space.

Workers with the D-O-T say plows on the interstates and highways need even more space, than plows working in town. The light snow made travel extremely dangerous.

Any vehicle on the road kicked up a white-out trail behind them. D-O-T workers say plows should be given at least 5 car lengths. The trucks hit the road as soon as the snow started falling.

“And the way the snow was coming down early this morning before the rush hour traffic, I'm really surprised we didn't have a major pile up.”

Nord says the best thing that you can do in the today's weather is keep the speeds low and keep your headlights on.

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