The County would like everyone to stay clear of snow removal equipment. The County says there are clear signs on the back of sand trucks and other similar equipment that say to stay back at least 30 meters but people are not following the sign. They say vehicles have also been reported going past plow trucks at high speeds.
Director of Public Works Dale Van Volkingburgh says their operators are trained to watch for vehicles or people but the public also needs to help by making themselves visible. Tips to be safe around equipment this winter include never to approach a snow plow even when it is stopped, do not let children make forts or tunnels from roadside snowbanks and if you see a snowplow while walking on the sidewalk, make yourself visible by moving into a yard. The County also warns to never cut in front of a snow plow and to assume the driver of any equipment has not seen you.