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Letter about road safety

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

We are writing today to remind readers about safety on our roads and highways. Construction season is starting, and we and our fellow coworkers will be out on the roads everyday working to make sure they are safe and in good driving condition. We are MnDOT highway maintenance employees.

In Minnesota, it is the law that when traveling on a roadway with two or more lanes, that drivers need to keep a lane away when passing a stopped ambulance, fire truck, law enforcement or road maintenance/construction vehicle. If you are not able to safely move away a lane, reduce your speed.

Unfortunately, this law was passed in memory of a State Patrol Trooper, Ted Foss, who was killed in August of 2000 while conducting a routine traffic stop on I-90 in Southeastern Minnesota.

We know many of our coworkers have “close call” stories from their days on the job on the side of Minnesota roads. Let’s help prevent the next crash by being attentive and moving over and slowing down when you see flashing lights—it’s the law!


Brian Meyers, Scott Novak, Terry Wilson, Mike Junge,

Travis Batzel and Neal Hinners Preston and Spring Valley Truck Stations

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