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State laws allows plow trucks to run red lights

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Police say a plow truck driver who ran a red light and hit an SUV in Bay City Tuesday morning will most likely not be ticketed in the accident, and the reason might surprise you.


It turns out state law gives snow plows rights on the road that are similar to emergency vehicles.

Chris Shannon, the mayor of Bay City, says snow plow trucks have the same authority as other municipal vehicles, like police cars and fire trucks, allowing them to go through stop signs and red lights.

Shannon says it's a public safety issue. He says if the roads are impassible, ambulances and fire trucks can't get through, so getting them plowed is a priority.

Michigan's traffic code gives plow trucks the right of way. 

City officials say plow trucks are only supposed to go through red lights when it's safe to do so, but accidents do happen.

Officials urge you to be on the lookout for plow trucks in action when they are behind the wheel. Use extra caution when you're driving and see a plow truck clearing the street.

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