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Ride Along: Plow Driver Details Do's and Don't's of Driving in Bad Weather

ROCKFORD -- It's all plow drivers could do to put a dent in the quickly accumulating snow, Monday.
ROCKFORD -- It's all plow drivers could do to put a dent in the quickly accumulating snow, Monday.

Radioing the ready, blade to the ground, and route in hand. Brandon Kleiner is only halfway through his shift with the City of Rockford... his 16 hour shift.

"I got called in at 8 o'clock and I won't be going home until this is done," said Kleiner

And he'll do it all over again Tuesday.

"It's gotta get done so I'm happy to do it,"Kleiner said. "At least I have a job." But he admits the days haven't been easy this Winter.

"Long hours are starting to get real hard on everybody."

Especially when drivers make Kleiner's job harder than it has to be.

"Stay clear of the plow trucks, don't try getting around us, don't try following to close," said Kleiner. "Give us a safe distance, because we have to do a lot of backing up and doing turn lanes and all that."

It's a matter of saftey. So if you choose to pass a plow, Kleiner says he'll politely let you know with the sound of the horn that you're in the wrong.

Another snow day no-no is not abiding the city's even odd parking ordinance. It's a $50 fine, But Kleiner says it's not about the money.

"The city would be more than happy not to collect a single cent, we'd just rather have our streets clear so we can do our job, that's all we want."

And it's a job Kleiner says he's happy to do.






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