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Howard County Police: Be Nice to Snow Plow Drivers

Citizens were reportedly berating plow drivers.

Howard County citizens were berating plow drivers, police said. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
Howard County citizens were berating plow drivers, police said. (Credit: Patch File Photo)
Talking down to a plow driver is not going to get anybody anywhere, except on Twitter.

The Howard County Police Department posted the following message to Twitter followers just before 2:30 p.m. Friday:

"A few angry residents reportedly berating plow drivers. Employee safety is a priority in #HoCo. Don't let frustration get the better of you."

Citizens responded with mixed reactions, via Twitter.

"Instant gratification society. Ridiculous." —Hollis Burl

"The plows were also speeding down my street like madmen." —Tori Malone

"...all due respect. The drivers should do a better job. My neighborhood is an absolute mess, so are surrounding streets. Bad job." —Brian Rhude

"Not plow operators' fault. Management to blame." —Jackie McNamara

"Unbelievable yet believable. Tell those residents to invest in their own snow plow if they have so much time on their hands." —Alicyn

"They have so much time on their hands because they weren't able to get out due to the roads not being plowed." —Ian Jett

Roads were 75 percent clear in Howard County by Friday morning, but county officials reported "progress will be slow" due to the heavy, wet snow.

Related: Second Round of Snow Set HoCo Plowing Back Slightly
Skye Anderson February 19, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Alphadog, are you ready for your taxes to increase to accommodate this? And to wait longer for the arterials to be plowed? I have lived all over the country and have never seen plows NOT plow in driveways or parked cars.
Alphadog February 19, 2014 at 10:03 AM
I am ready for people already employed by the taxpayers to do their job, and to do thier job correctly. I don't know where you may be lived but I have never , ever seen plow operators leave wides swaths of snow and ice in front of driveways in other areas of the country. Why are you trying to rationalize that is ok for any public servant or contractor to a public entity to do a lousy job?
leo schwarz February 20, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Guess you've never lived in Baltimore. On my cul de sac their was a dozer moving large amounts of snow and a pickup truck clearing snow from driveways. They didn't clear every morsel of snow but enough so that with little effort I could get onto the street. If the county did the job some people expect them to have done lot of more people would've been complaining because it would've taken three times as long. Folks, either clear your driveway, hire someone, or, if you are able bodied clear your driveway and and do the neighborly thing and clear a neighbors driveway who may not be able to. Geeshh. Quite whining.
PH February 20, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Agreed, leo! QUIT WHINING and figure it out! I've lived in Balt. City, Balt, Co., and Carroll Co. I am almost 61 years young and I DID IT. ALONE for 10 years after my husband died. Do it yourself...I have. HIRE SOMEONE when I no longer could do it myself! Work with your neighbors (they just may surprise you). Don't be in such a freakin rush and let the plows do their jobs, which is usually in the wee hours. STAY home unless you are essential personnel. Take a personal day, postpone your stupid errands, whatever. Take a walk and enjoy the snow and watch the kids have fun. Good Lord! Chill OUT! No one died! Most of all, use the common sense that God gave you (hopefully He did give you common sense).
PH February 20, 2014 at 10:22 PM
Yes, Skye...even in Westminster, Carroll County, folks who shovel out their cars parked on the street put chairs or something our to save their parking place that they slaved to clear. Takes care of the lazy slackers, who probably don't even clean off their roofs, etc., and let the snow blow off on the drivers behind them.

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