Is it Safe to Pass a Snow Plow?

At least 17 people, from North Carolina to New York, have already died in the winter blizzard of 2016. However, the U.S. isn’t the only region battling the snow and taking it seriously.

Recently, under Ontario, Canada’s “Highway Traffic Act,” a trucker there was charged with passing a snow plow in an unsafe manner.

It was a motorist who contacted authorities to report that a tractor trailer was being driven in a dangerous way.

Police were able to determine that a plow was working on Hwy. 23 between Monkton and Bornholm, and travelled at a speed of 40 km/h. There were several vehicles behind the plow, including two tractor trailers.

The last tractor trailer pulled out and passed the vehicles behind the plow, forcing the other tractor trailer onto the west shoulder.   The tractor trailer then passed the plow and continued south towards Mitchell.

A short time later, police pulled over the tractor trailer in Mitchell. The driver, a 62-year-old-man from Hanover, was charged with passing when the roadway was not clear.

The “Highway Traffic Act” regulates the classification of traffic offenses, administration of loads, classification of vehicles and other transport related issues.

Our Thoughts

In the United States, while it is not illegal to pass a snow plow, it certainly increases the risk of an accident, especially when on a single lane road in each direction. Along with the snow, other objects can get thrown by the plow which could impact a driver’s ability to see clearly. It’s just not worth the risk.

All drivers, including truckers, must practice responsibility on the road. When the weather conditions are less than ideal, patience is crucial.

If you must pass, you need to be able to do so in a safe manner. Ideally, drivers should be attentive, take their time, drive safely for conditions and avoid passing other vehicles—especially snow plows—when conditions are dangerous. It only increases the chances of an accident occurring.

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