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Muni drivers - What would you have done?

Discussion in 'Government Property Snow Removal' started by pohouse, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

  2. nixray

    nixray Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    Not to hijack as Im not a Muni-Driver, But I'm A) assuming he called his supervisor asking for direction on how to move forward....AND he gave the for the lack of a better word kids chance to clear the road..after watching the vid' and reading the title and comments, Im shocked, all day long people b!tch when the roads arent clear the second they need to go somewhere, but jackwagons like this are out making a hard job even harder. SO I would've done the same thing he did. :D
  3. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    Frosty the snowman ................"I"LL be back on Christmas day !
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I would of backed up and plowed the one he missed.
  5. USMCMP5811

    USMCMP5811 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    I would have called for a snow blower...LMAO
  6. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    That sucks, looks like a bunch of drunk kids blocking the road with snowmen. Dumb people will never cease to amaze me. The muni drivers shouldn't of stoped where they did, they should have just gone around the block a couple times, stoping made a bad situation worse. That said I have been run off the road by muni drivers in my trucks, watched them speed up to plaster kids walking on a sidewalk (when they were plowing the road), so yeah there idiots in that group as well. I was talking to a highway super this fall complaining we couldn't find a CDL driver for our Initernational that could plow & salt , his quote " I have a whole shop full of rocket scientists".
  7. Red02F250

    Red02F250 Senior Member
    Messages: 109

    I don't drive for the municipality anymore, but either way I'd treat it the same.
    The "kids" in the video appear to be college age and I've seen the video with another title that appears to be a frat neighborhood or something similar. I don't know of any plow driver that likes when people, regardless of age, are playing in the street but I would be more lenient with little kids. The idiots in this video were deliberately asking for trouble.
    In my state, I would say I'd do the same thing, blow the horn which gave them plenty of warning to move and I'd call the police.
    1- in my state, unless they're crossing the street perpendicular to the curb, its illegal for them to be in the public roadway at all if there are sidewalks present. Its called "playing on a highway" where "highway" is defined as any publicly maintained roadway and is a class 1 misdemeanor.
    2- in my state, throwing any object (including snow balls) at an occupied vehicle is a class six felony.

    I would agree, the drivers probably shouldn't have stopped, but I wasn't there so I'll try not to be a Monday morning QB.
  8. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Call your supervisor,he will call local law enforcement and move on to the next road until they get it sorted out.
    With all people out there looking for someone to sue it just isnt worth taking matters into your own hands anymore...
  9. IC-Smoke

    IC-Smoke Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    Good for them (plow drivers) hes got a job to do!
  10. WingPlow

    WingPlow Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    couldnt have said it better myself
  11. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech Senior Member
    Messages: 140

    i have had snowmen built in some of my roads before i even had a bunch of kids there cheering me one time( i floored it for that one ) the ones that piss me off is the ones that throw snowballs at me. i had one onetime bust my passengers side window mommy wasn't too happy when the baconators were knocking on her door.
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  13. Landcare - Mont

    Landcare - Mont Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    The trucks were moving too fast for a street full of people. They should have detoured and let the police sort it out and come back later. No point in taking the chance of anyone getting hurt.
  14. GL&M

    GL&M Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 223

    I would have brought them through one trailing the other and cleared the whole street, Then called the cops when the snowballs started to fly.
  15. CecilSnowman

    CecilSnowman Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I used to Plow for my Local DPW deprtment and if i saw a situations like that, with idiots blocking the road, id just turn around call my Director and let him handle it. If I didnt Plow the Street out, no big deal just dont deal with idiotys like that.

    Situation with me happened were these Mexican Kids Throwing SnowBalls at me in one neighborhood, which pissed me off so The Street Thye were throwing at me on was a long straightaway, so I just nodded my head at them, went up the street turned around in the f350 Dump Truck with a load of salt in bed, plowed most of the road at 10-15mph like normal but i got up to about 25mph (It was a wide road and Clear, kids were about 10 ft from road) when I got close to them and Threw all the Slush on them and Literally added Salt to there wounds when i put the bed up and cranked up that snowex!

    Probally not the wisest thing to do but at the time it was hilarious, and No one in theat area messed with me the rest of the season! lol
  16. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    A really snowy season a handful of years back it got so bad with home owners hitting the sides of the town trucks with shovels etc that they had police officers do ride alongs in the Town Plows....That was a quick cure....
  17. ihdriver7088

    ihdriver7088 Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    call boss then call cops for people disturbing the peace and plow on thru my stepdad saw this and he is a crew leader in my towns maintenence dept and just laughed and said hed do the same if he was plowing
  18. Winterized

    Winterized Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Many years ago.... plowing a dead end city street on the rich side of town. Always plowed it all one way to the no houses side of the street.

    Kids on the houses side of the street peppered the truck with snowballs. So plowed all the snow to their side of the street... Can only hope their parents made them shovel all the driveways out.

    Not going over 5/10 miles an hour... nobody even close to street. Was not my normal route anyway.
  19. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    about 20 years ago we had a very bad snow storm that dumped over 2 feet of snow in one storm. the locals started throwing things at my trucks and parking their cars in the roads because we were blocking their driveways with snow.
    i called all the trucks and pulled them out of the development, then called the town garage and police dept to tell them what was happening and what i did.

    that development sat unplowed for 5 days. no one could go anywhere and the roads were blocked with cars that tried to block the plows.
    i refused to go back in until i got an apology from everyone on the block to me and my men.

    the police and DPW backed me 100%.
    at the next town council meeting the people in the development started complaining about the poor treatment from the plow drivers until one of the people pulled out a video showing what was done to us and what we did not do.
    the town council backed us 100% too.

    i never did go back in there, and the replacement contractor told me about the abuse he got from those idiots too.
    the town trucks go in there with the police now, and tow anything parked on the street away before the plow show up, then stand by while the plows work.

    the area i have now see the plows coming and move everything off the street so we can clean up,
    and come out with coffee, cakes, food, and cash tips.
    very few have to clean out their driveways because we flip the plows and carry most of the snow past them to put on the curb line between driveways.

    some people just don't get it.
  20. Vermontster

    Vermontster Member
    Messages: 64

    The sad part is that those aren't kids, they're adults. Supposedly.