Why are the plows driving so fast?

Snow plows are emergency vehicles, but typically operate under posted speed limit. Snowplows are big, noisy pieces of equipment. It may appear at times that the snowplow operator is driving too fast for road conditions. Many times the engine sound and noise of the plow scraping the pavement give the perception that the truck is flying down the street, when in actuality, they are only moving at 15 to 20 miles per hour. The plows do move faster on open stretches of road to push the snow farther off of the road to ensure there is sufficient space to stack the snow from the next storm and to avoid creating high snow banks that can impair visibility.

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1. I just cleared my driveway/sidewalk and now there is snow pushed onto it again?
2. I just cleared my driveway and there is snow in it again, can I push it back in the street?
3. Can someone come clear the snow that was pushed back on my driveway?
4. What if I have an emergency and my street has not been cleared?
5. Who is responsible for clearing snow off of sidewalks?
6. I have a fire hydrant in my yard, is it my responsibility to clear the area around it?
7. When will the plow get to my street?
8. We didn’t get enough snow for the plows to come through and there is compacted snow and ice on my street – what now?
9. I cannot get out of my alley – can someone send a plow?
10. When does the City put salt down?
11. Why did the next street over get plowed and I haven’t seen a plow yet?
12. I have not seen a truck one time since it started snowing! Where are they?
13. I saw a plow truck driving with the plow up, why aren’t they plowing?
14. My mailbox was damaged by the snow/snowplow – what do I do now?
15. My landscaping was damaged by the snowplow – what do I do now?
16. Why are the plows driving so fast?
17. What do I do if there is an ice storm / freezing rain and my road is unsafe to drive on?