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Rockford plow drivers and police warn driver about snowy roads

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Plow returns to Rockford City Yards to refill salt. Plow returns to Rockford City Yards to refill salt.
Plow passes Rockford Police helping stranded driver. Plow passes Rockford Police helping stranded driver.
ROCKFORD (WREX) -

All the snow comes with a warning for drivers slow down or if possible stay off the streets. 13News' Rebecca Klopf hitched a ride with one of the Rockford city plows to see just how treacherous things got during the height of the storm.

"The snow is coming down so much that it is totally covered over so you have to start in the center and work your way out," says driver Patty Williams.

During this snow emergency City of Rockford plow trucks are in charge of the main roads while contractors handle residential streets. Williams warns it might take even longer to get your street cleared if you don't follow the city's odd- even parking rule.

"If there is cars on both sides, you know we got a pretty wide area here and if we can't get through safely sometimes we have to skip that road," says Williams.

The snow ordinance allows drivers to move their cars to the correct side of the street even if there is a no parking sign on that side.

Rockford Police say they'd rather not see drivers on the streets at all.

"People have good intentions and know when they go out in weather like this they don't expect that they are going to be in a crash or cause a crash but when they do that just taxes our resources and we get stuck dealing with that instant and can't respond to true emergencies," says Lt. Pat Hoey.

The Rockford Police Department is operating on its emergency accident plan. That means if you get into a non-injury crash and the cars are drivable exchange information with the other driver and then go to the Public Safety Building in the next 48 hours to file a report.

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