Pro­tec­tive side guards for snow­plows

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The prov­ince says when it places its next or­der for snow­plows 30 of them will be equipped with side guards to pre­vent pedes­tri­ans from rolling un­der the trucks.

Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Trevor Tay­lor made the an­nounce­ment March 31 in re­sponse to lob­by­ing ef­forts of a mother who lost her daugh­ter as a re­sult of a snow­plow ac­ci­dent.

“On De­cem­ber 19, 2005, 21year-old Jes­sica Hol­man-Price of St. John’s lost her life while pre­vent­ing her 10-year-old brother from be­ing crushed by the wheels of a snow-re­moval truck in Montreal,” Min­is­ter Tay­lor told the House of As­sem­bly.

The sib­lings were stand­ing on a snow bank wait­ing to cross the street at a busy in­ter­sec- tion.

“When the light turned green, the truck came around the cor­ner and caught the edge of the mound, caus­ing the boy to slide un­der the ve­hi­cle,” the Min­is­ter said.“Jes­sica reached for him but she too lost her foot­ing and slid un­der the wheels of the truck. In a split sec­ond, she man­aged to push her brother out of harm’s way be­fore the mas­sive truck fa­tally in­jured her.”

The min­is­ter said he first met Jes­sica’s mother Jeanette, who lives in Por­tu­gal Cove-St. Phillip’s, in late Jan­uary. Since the ac­ci­dent, she has been tire­lessly lob­by­ing to re­quire all heavy trucks be equipped with side guards to pre­vent such fatal­i­ties.

“Her story touched me as I’m sure it touches all those who have heard it,” said Tay­lor.“Her determination and on-go­ing ef­fort to en­sure some good comes from this tragedy is to be com­mended.”

The prov­ince will in­vest about $80,000 for the life-sav­ing equip­ment for the trucks, which are ex­pected by next spring. All fu­ture plow truck or­ders will also in­clude the side guard stip­u­la­tion.

Gov­ern­ment is en­ter­ing the fourth year of a five-year, $50 mil­lion plan to re­place old snow­plows.

“The side guards have been widely uti­lized in Europe for years and I en­cour­age all gov­ern­ments in Canada and the pri­vate sec­tor to adopt this pol­icy as well for all types of de­liv­ery trucks,” the min­is­ter said.

To find out more about The Jes­sica Cam­paign visit: the­jes­si­ca­cam­paign.com.

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