Respect the plow

With winter weather always on the horizon, Ottawa County Road Commission officials say it is important for drivers to be cautious — especially near the plows.
Alex Doty
Jan 4, 2013


“People just need to stay back and try not to pass,” said Scott Powell, a district supervisor for the Road Commission. “That is probably the biggest thing.”

Powell said drivers are looking out for many things when they’re behind the wheel of a plow truck.

"They’re looking at what everyone else is doing on the road and trying to do their job, whether they’re pushing snow or putting salt down,” he said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists to accelerate and brake slowly, slow down when visibility is reduced, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.

Transportation officials say that while it might be desired to move at posted speeds, the severity of Michigan winter storms sometimes does not allow it.

Michigan's Basic Speed Law requires motorists to drive at a "careful and prudent" speed in all driving conditions to be able to stop within a clear distance ahead. This means that drivers may be required to drive at a slower-than-posted speed.

Before heading onto the road, drivers can check traffic incidents, weather reports and live camera views of Grand Rapids-area freeways on MDOT's Mi Drive traffic website.


oh come on

These guys do a good job....I just wish that they would slow down a little when plowing the residential streets.


@oh come on, The first part of your comment was excellent. The second refers to "they" which seems to imply all road commission drivers. Compared to many other counties and especially the city of Muskegon our Road Commission is EXCELLENT on their worst day even with a few flaws. Try living in the city of Muskegon paying almost $3,000 per year in property taxes and never get your residential street plowed unless you call to complain everyday and just maybe it will get done. We have it good here in Ottawa County and an excellent staff and fiscal management of the Road Commission. No I don't work for the Road Commission. Lol

oh come on

Thank you. I should have said the person clearing my street needs to slow down. Many small kids and blind curves to deal with.


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