Win­ter safety lessons from snow­plow op­er­a­tors

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA -

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.

Julie Collins - Cape Bre­ton Post

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.

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