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The Times
  • State drivers urge students to take caution around snow plows

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  • ST. JOHNSVILLE — New York State Department of Transportation snow plow drivers visited David H. Robbins Elementary School in St. Johnsville on Nov. 25 and provided road safety tips for students.
    DOT employees Larry Carpenter, Tom Flanders, Matt LaCoppola and Greta Rathbun gave students the chance to see a state plow truck up close while explaining the importance of staying clear of roadways when a plow passes.
    The drivers explained plows throw more than just snow and those in reach risk getting hit by rocks, chunks of asphalt, nuts and bolts that often come loose from the truck and other debris.
    They also explained how to read road mileage markers, the dangers presented by flooded roads and more.
    The drivers touched on aspects of their work in the spring, summer and fall and discussed the ongoing education drivers are required to complete.
    “Even after you get out of school, you have to keep learning,” Flanders told the students.
    The visit is an annual program at the school made possible through the state Department of Transportation’s Operation Outreach Snow Plow Program.
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