February 17, 2015
New lights on snow plows will help improve road safety
Flashing blue light added to every snow plow blade in Oxford County's fleet
Oxford County's fleet of 20 snow plows have been outfitted with a new beacon of safety.
A flashing blue light has been added to the centreline edge of the snow plow's blade (see photo) that will help opposing traffic identify the edge of the snow plow closest to their vehicle.
Earlier this month, the final blue lights were installed on Oxford County snow plows and initial response has been overwhelmingly positive from the motoring public, and snow plow operators.
Additionally, snow plows that clear four lane County roadways in Oxford County now feature a flashing amber light on the wing blade to help drivers see when they are travelling behind a snow plow.
While these new features have been added to enhance the visibility of snow plows, the safe operation of vehicles around snow plows is the key to preventing collisions. Motorists are reminded of the follow these safety measures in making snow removal safe for everyone:
- Drive with caution at all times near or around snow plows
- When behind a snow plow, keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the snow plow.
- Take extreme caution when attempting to pass a snow plow on the roads.
- Avoid parking your vehicle alongside roadways during overnight hours. Parked vehicles can interefere with snow removal, and could lead to unintended damage to your vehicle.
Melissa Abercrombie, Manager of Roads and Facilities, Oxford County Public Works
“We are committed to doing whatever it takes to making roads safer for Oxford County residents. These new added flashing lights will help improve safety on the roads as we are trying to do our jobs in clearing the snow and treating the road surface with sand, salt and brine. However, safety is a two-way street and we ask for drivers to be patient and cautious around snow plows.”
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Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 109,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. One of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, Oxford County also boasts a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector that is bolstered by its choice location at the crossing of Highways 401 and 403. The County is home to a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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