kids warned to stop playing 'snow plow game'
January 30, 2009 | RICHMOND -- Kids
in Richmond are playing a dangerous game involving snow
plows, says Ben Lundgreen, assistant fire chief.
"The kids will run up to the
snow plow and will get hit by the snow coming off the
roads," he said. "They stay about five feet from the
plow and that makes it really hard to see them."
Lundgreen said probably two dozen
kids play this game and they are all most likely in
their early teens.
"During the winter break when
the big storm came through was when the kids were most
often seen running alongside the plows," he said.
When a plow pushes snow from the
road there is a chance that concrete, gravel and ice
can be picked up with the snow, he said. "It's amazing
that no one has been hurt yet. I don't think these kids
understand how dangerous this activity really is."
Snow plows have a lot of blind spots,
more than some diesels, said Lundgreen. He went on to
say that the kids are lucky if he or the other plow
drivers even see the kids running up next to the vehicles.
"All we want is for these kids
to understand that what they are doing is very dangerous
and for their own safety they should stop playing this
dangerous game," said Lundgreen.