The Government of Saskatchewan reminds drivers that new laws designed to improve snowplow safety are in effect.
Drivers must slow to 60 kilometres per hour when passing any highway equipment, emergency vehicle or tow truck that is stopped on a highway with warning lights in operation.
“With winter upon us, snowplow operators are out working to provide safe road conditions for you and your family,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said. “Unfortunately, they sometimes encounter vehicles that are travelling at speeds or passing in ways that make working conditions unsafe. We remind all citizens to drive with caution and to be familiar with the rules of the road.”
Snowplows that have their flashing blue lights on are actively engaged in plowing snow, drivers can help keep roads safe this winter by:
- slowing to 60 kilometres per hour when highway equipment or other emergency vehicles are stopped with warning lights in operation;
- staying back and staying safe, since snowplows can create mini-blizzards known as the “Snow Zone”;
- allowing snowplows sufficient time and space, since they will pull over about every 10 kilometres or when safe to do so;
- driving according to weather and road conditions;
- passing only when safe to do so; and
- planning ahead by using the Highway Hotline www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline or calling 511.
The latest available road condition information can be found at www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline.