Media Briefing: With 11 Crashes Already this Winter, UDOT Urges Drivers to Not Pass the Plow
Despite new technology to improve visibility, vehicles continue crashing into plows
With a new storm in the forecast, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) urges drivers to stop passing snow plows.
During the 2016-17 winter season, UDOT snow plows were hit 60 times. In order to curb this trend, UDOT installed new LED light whips to increase visibility of the snow plow wings. Despite this improved visibility, crashes continue. During last week’s storm, two snow plows were hit as drivers attempted to pass, bringing the total to 11 crashes this winter.
One of UDOT’s plow operators whose truck was hit will be available for interviews and provide reminders to drivers for staying safe around snow plows.
Friday, March 2, at 9 a.m.
UDOT Calvin Rampton Complex
4501 South 2700 West in Taylorsville
East side of the building in the heavy equipment storage areas
Directions: Pull into the lot on the south side of the building, then drive around to the back where snow plows are parked.
Stephan Foster, UDOT snow plow operator
Jason Davis, UDOT director of operations
– Photos of plow crashes
– Up-close view of UDOT plows and other equipment
– B-roll of snow plow operations
– New LED light whip model