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Anyone else notice this?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by riverwalkland, Mar 10, 2008.

  1. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Maybe its just my area, but I have noticed more and more of this... I keep seeing plow guys who think they are ambulance drivers or somthing. I have seen several people running stop signs, or just coming to a stop at a red light and then driving through it. I also see people driving the wrong way down one way streets, and stopping traffic for no reason. If traffic is light, I wait for cars to go by, then I pull out. I don't just back out into traffic and bring people to a halt.. seems dangerous to me. For whatever reason, some of the local plow guys must think their little orange light is like a blue and red one... last time I checked it was not. Anyone else ever see this?
     
  2. Midwest BuildIt Inc

    Midwest BuildIt Inc PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,280

    i do it all the time.
     
  3. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Do you figure cops just don't care, or do you not care about a ticket or running into someone?
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Same here. It's call the Midnight rule do what ever you need to do to get done.Even if it's in the middle of the afternoon!
     
  5. riverwalkland

    riverwalkland Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    haha, i like that rule, but I wouldn't want a ticket, don't think my insurance company likes tickets either
     
  6. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    What red light?
     
  7. weeman97

    weeman97 Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    my truck has blue/clear strobes in the windshield and deck(FD). plus my amber. i pull out turn everylight on to stop oncoming traffic when i am facing the wrong way opening entrances durning rush hour. i do what i have to do to get my job done and stay safe.
     
  8. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    Up here in Canada, we even get the police to run their lights for us. We're allowed great latitude in our conduct in traffic. Their is no rule we can't bend to clear the snow... :redbounce


    :rolleyes:
     
  9. Curbside

    Curbside Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 17

    Duracutter not sure what part of Canada your in but this part you'll get a ticket for sure.
     
  10. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    Yep, guilt come write me a ticket. I don't see the point waiting for a light to change at 2:00 am when I stop look left and right and can't see anyone for a mile. Don't you know it makes it green? Wrong way on an entrance? You bet less likely to back into some JA that pulls right in behind you. I do this any time of the day, actually I think it is safer. You can see them and they usually wait the two seconds for me when they see a 1 ton dually with a 10' blade coming there way! As far as backing out into traffic I will wait.
     
  11. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Man! I must be the minority here!
    Always stop for traffic when backing out.(the crazy SOB's around here WILL hit you!) Will stop for a light-if its in the middle of the nite. But will look ALOT for cops "lurking" and go ahead if there's no traffic. The law don't care about what time it is -they'll still give ya a ticket!
    One way streets always correct.
     
  12. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    I think many of us are in the same boat -- we won't blow through traffic lights as though they weren't there; we stop, look both ways, and proceed through. Anywhere between 11p & about 5:30am I'll use the "midnight green" theory, though more adapted to a midnight yield.
     
  13. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    Yeah I guess I go by the midnight yield theory too. As for cops lurking, I guess they don't do that much here. Weeman, I would be careful with the blue light if not on a call. I saw a guy throw on the lights when leaving a firemans carnival on parade night, and got pulled over. That couldn't have ended well, since following the parades most guys are found at the beer tent:drinkup:
     
  14. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    I do the same thing, Will srtop and look both ways then go thru a red light.

    We got 1 oneway road in town, and I have gone the wrong way a few times at 3am LOL

    I think they should pass a law giving snow plow guys some right aways lol
     
  15. santelikk

    santelikk Member
    Messages: 67

    I cant remember even seeing a cop out when its snowing, unless responding to a accident/car in a ditch. our town kinda shuts down except for all the plow trucks, and midnight red/yeidld is the rule here.
     
  16. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Thats funny, they specifically told us the cops would be out on patrol throughout the storm looking for stranded motorists. They have 4x4 Tahoe's and Excursions.

    Its pretty rare I'll run a light (ONLY after a stop and looksie around). Backing out into close traffic is ignorant and dangerous.
     
  17. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Sometimes you "just gotta do what ys gotta do" to get the jobs done.
     
  18. crabbybob

    crabbybob Junior Member
    from 01440
    Messages: 27

    I haven't seen anyone run a light or a sign but I have been amazed at how thoughtlessly some plow drivers speed down snow packed roads like they could care less about anyone else's loved ones.
     
  19. RBRONKEMA GHTFD

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    If we ever got cought doing that we'd lose our postion on the fd.

    I personally, don't want the ticket, so I'd rather wait for the green than go thru the red. Also the cops here get really bored at night when it is snowing so they look for us to do something stupid because were the only ones on the road. And usually when they stop us it is for something stupid, like going 5 over the speed limit or somthing, not using a Michigan turn around and cutting thru where the cross traffic goes thru.
     
  20. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    for the guy who said he never see's anybody running lights or sign's well thats the point. u look around and make sure there is nobody around first. then u go if there's people u just chillax