Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Highway Patrol (NDHP) and the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) remind motorists to use caution and allow a safe traveling distance behind snowplows. On Wednesday, Dec. 20, the NDHP reported three crashes involving snowplows on Highway 2; two of the crashes occurred near Tioga and the third occurred near Towner. On Thursday, Dec. 21, another crash involving a snowplow occurred on Highway 85 south of Williston. No injuries were reported in any of the crashes.
It is recommended to reduce speed and double the normal following distance when following a snowplow. Motorists are urged to not drive through whiteouts or snow fog caused by crosswinds or plowing of snowdrifts. Snowplow operators will pull over and stop when it is safe to allow traffic to pass. It is important to know where the plow is on multi-lane roadways. The plow could be in either lane or on the shoulder.
All travelers are encouraged to monitor road conditions and use caution while traveling. Please wear seat belts, reduce speeds and drive according to the conditions.