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Province reminding drivers to give some space to snowplows this winter season

As more snow falls across the province, the Government of Saskatchewan is reminding drivers to be aware of snow plows on the highway.

The province asks people to be careful when the blue and amber lights are flashing. When the lights are on, it means the plows are working and extra space is needed when passing. Some rules to keep in mind this holiday season include treating the snow plows like any emergency vehicle and to slow down to 60 km/h if they are pulled over to the side of the road and have their lights flashing.

If the plow is clearing snow and visibility is low, they ask drivers to be patient and the plow will pull over every 10 to 15 kilometres to allow for safe passing.

“It’s important to remember these aren’t just highway workers in our plows, they’re someone’s family,” Highways Minister Joe Hargrave says.  “They are the unsung heroes of highway safety, and they all deserve our thanks.  So let’s make sure we do our part and give them the space they need to work and ensure they go home safely.”

Snow plow operators often work early in the mornings and late into the night to plow, sand, salt and inspect roads to ensure safe driving. Some road bridge repairs may also occur during the winter.

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Conditions are reported to the Highway Hotline and the province asks to check the Hotline or call 511 before leaving the home for travel.

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