Winter safety lessons from snowplow operators
SYDNEY MINES — Staff from the Department of Transportation and Public Works are making the rounds of local elementary schools to talk to children as part of the department’s Winter Safety campaign.
“It’s important that children realize the dangers and play a safe distance from the road,” said operator John Green. “During our visit to the various schools, we show the students a video and discuss safety tips such as staying well back from a snowplow and standing a good distance from the road while waiting for the school bus.”
He added that it’s important for children to see a snowplow up close, so they know just how big they are and recognize when they see one on the road.
“ We let them sit in the cab and the kids get a charge out of blowing the horn.”
Along with talking to the children, staff distribute Winter Safety colouring books with helpful tips about staying safe.
Green does the school visits in the local area along with fellow operators Danny MacLeod, Stuart Kennedy and Glen Ferguson.
Peter Buffett, a student at Jubilee Elementary in Sydney Mines gets a first-hand look at the inside of a truck plow under the watchful eye of Department of Transportation operator John Green.