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ODOT's New Colored Light Combinations on Snow Removal Equipment

  • ODOT will use an amber, green, and white color combination, all with different pulses

  • Studies suggest green lights are more easily detected by the human eye than other colors

  • These changes are a result of House Bill 487 (Mid-biennium Budget Review) ORC 4513.18. The law went into effect on 9-10-2012.

  • The new law applies to headlights, clearance lights, identification lights, and other lights on snow removal equipment.

  • The new law permits the use of flashing colored lights, other than blue or red as those colors are reserved for law enforcement and emergency vehicles only.

  • Ohio will be one of the first states to use multiple colored lights, and will be the first to use green.

  • Better visibility will lead to safer roadways as the motoring public can quickly and easily identify these vehicles in adverse weather conditions.

  • The lights are being purchased from an Ohio company.

  • 1,600 trucks will be retrofitted with the new lights and all new trucks will come with the lights standard.

  • The goal is to have one-third (approximately 500) of the fleet done by the end of 2012. Each district will have an equal number of trucks with new lights. The remainder of the fleet will be done throughout next year.

  • The change to multi-colored lights was driven by the number of vehicles rear-ending ODOT’s plow trucks.

 Video of ODOT's New Truck Lights