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Published January 25, 2011, 05:42 PM

Officials Stressing Safety After Rise in Car-Snow Plow Accidents

The Department of Transportation says there have been a lot of accidents between vehicles and snow plows this winter. In 2010, 103 accidents were reported in Minnesota involving drivers and snow plows. There have already been 76 in 2011 so far.

The Department of Transportation says there have been a lot of accidents between vehicles and snow plows this winter.

In 2010, 103 accidents were reported in Minnesota involving drivers and snow plows.

With all the snow and high winds this year, snow plows are on the highways even more and snow plow drivers are seeing a lot of drivers driving unsafely.

"People pass the plows most of the time, I see them do it when the snow fog isn't too bad. But yes, people are passing when they shouldn't be," Luke Millete with the Minnesota State Patrol said.

So far in 2011 there have been 76 accidents reported involving snow plows in Minnesota. Millette says with only side mirrors and being twice the size of of a semi, it's hard for snow plow drivers to see cars behind them.

Plow drivers say driving with your lights on is the best way they can keep you in sight.

"Once they are up beside the truck, just keep a safe distance. I'd say 5 or more care lengths so they allow some stopping time. Another thing is to allow plenty of time to get to their destination so they don't feel rushed," MNDOT District Engineer Jim Curran said.

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