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Snow Plows Dealing with Impatient Drivers

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YAKIMA, Wa -    Yakima's public works has been working around the clock., trying to keep the roads clear.  They say some impatient drivers could help them out by slowing down.

Jay Kendall hasn't stopped since seven this morning.

"The roads have been pretty slick this morning. We're getting caught up.  The weather is breaking a little," says Kendall, a street specialist for Yakima Public Works.

Kendall plows 40th Avenue all the way west, and Scenic Drive to Summitview Avenue.  He says plowing the roads in the snow is like navigating an obstacle course with a snowplow.  People leave their cars parked on the street.  Some drivers can be a little impatient.

"Oh, we're just running into people.  They want to get close to the truck.  I know they're in a hurry, but they need to stay back a bit when we're sanding."

Kendall points to a sign on the back of his snowplow.  It says "Keep back -- 50-fifty feet."

Kendall says if a drivers tries to pass when he's sanding the roads, sand could spray their windshield.

"I've seen a few wrecks today because people are driving too quickly," he says.

They've been working to keep the roads clear since last week.  Kendall won't quit until 7:00pm tonight.

"It's nice to see what you do for the day.  You help people get home safely," says Kendall

Kendall tells me another problem they have when it snows like this, people who are shoveling their driveways insist on shoveling snow back out onto the roads.  That can create dangerous driving conditions because when the snow melts, It can freeze over, making for slick roads.