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Spokane County reminds drivers to leave snow plows space

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

As more snow falls, it’s time to remember that snow removal equipment will be out on the streets.

It’s important to give them space and not try to pass them on the right for safety and also to help the drivers do their job to keep you safe on the roads.

Kendall Havens is a heavy equipment operator for Spokane County. He says winter is a busy time as they cover more than 2,500 miles of roads in the county to clear of snow.

“We try our best. We try to get everything accomplished as quick as possible and as safe as possible,” he says.

There are things you can do to help. Leave them space – at least 50 feet – because if you get too close, it could be hard for them to see you, and the graders sometimes have to back up to go around a corner to remove berms.

When the snow continually falls, the county asks that you’re patient. They have to plow according to priority so if they clear one area and snow falls again, they have to go back and plow that area again.

Kendall says that they are ready for the winter.

“I always thought about if it was my family traveling down these roads I'd want them as perfect as I can. So if I can get as much done as possible and you make safe for everybody, it's pretty rewarding,” he says.

If you live in the county and want to know where the plows are when they’re out, you can find the snow plow activity map here: http://www.spokanecounty.org/257/Public-Works

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