A rule of the road that could save your life

Posted at 5:42 PM, Feb 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-21 18:18:00-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Are you ready for another round of winter weather?

"I'm tired of the snow,” said Willard Pettus.

"I'm fine with more snow. It's not like we're up in Boston or New Hampshire somewhere,” said Vincent Ross.

That's true. But, snow plow driver Chase Townsend gears up, when the first snowflake hits the ground.

"We're well-trained and we're professionals and we take the time to learn the rules of the road and really study our routes before we go out,” said Chase Townsend, James River Grounds Management.

Working with James River Grounds Management, Townsend says the biggest challenge is maneuvering around drivers and bicyclists who insist on venturing out in the elements.

"You really have to slow down and really pay attention to your surroundings because it can be kind of dangerous,” said Townsend.

A dangerous mix that resulted in a fatal accident this week when State police say a snow plow driver collided with a bicyclist along Route 1 near Virginia Center Commons.

Friends say 31-year-old Fedora Henderson was heading to work when she was struck and killed.

"It was just a very, very unfortunate event to hear about,” said Townsend.

State Police tell CBS 6 that Henderson was wearing dark clothing and didn't have a helmet on or working bike reflectors during the crash.

Under state law, all vehicles are required to give three feet of space when passing a bicyclist.

But, Townsend points out how you can help make his job easier.

"We just ask that for everybody's safety that you just try to stay home and let us do our work,” he said. “And the quicker we can get our work done, the quicker people can get out and enjoy their activities.”