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Public, Media Invited to See New ODOT Look
ODOT First in Nation to Use Green Strobe Lights on Snowplow Trucks
 
LIMA (October 29, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation’s new snowplow lighting scheme, featuring green as the department’s new signature lighting color, will be debuted locally during the annual equipment inspections on November 1, 2 and 5 at each of ODOT District 1’s eight county garages.
 
District 1 encompasses the northwest Ohio counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
 
ODOT is making history this winter by being the first state in the nation to use green-colored strobe lights on its snowplow trucks. Studies show green is one of the colors that is more easily detected by the human eye. The new green lights, along with new white lights, will be added to the existing amber lights creating a color combination unique to ODOT.
 
“We plan to have a truck featuring the new lighting pattern at each of our inspections. We invite the public and the media to see the new and distinct color and strobe pattern which we believe will make our trucks more visible,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
 
The inspections will be held at the following times and locations:
 
Thursday, November 1, 2012
 
Van Wert County
10238 Van Wert-Decatur Rd.
Van Wert
8 a.m.
 
Paulding County 
833 W. Wayne Street
Paulding
10 a.m.
 
Defiance County
2340 Baltimore Road
Defiance
1:30 p.m.
 
Friday,  November 2, 2012
 
Putnam County
617 E. 11th Street
Ottawa
8 a.m.

Allen County
123 E. Chapman Road
Lima
10 a.m.
 
 
 
 
Monday, November 5, 2012
 
Hardin County
13052 U.S. 68
Kenton
8 a.m.
 
Wyandot County
US 30 and Co. Rd. 121
Upper Sandusky
10 a.m.
 
Hancock County
1645 Lima Avenue
Findlay
1:30 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While the official start of winter is months away, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) state wide  is hard at work readying its snow-fighting equipment and its 3,000 snowplow drivers for the upcoming snow and ice season. ODOT is currently conducting 150-point inspections, testing, and fine-tuning its snow removal equipment as part of county-by-county operational readiness events.
 
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
·         All snow-fighting equipment will be inspected, tested, and fine-tuned by mechanics. In addition, at least one snowplow truck with green, white, and amber lights will be on display.
 
COLORED STROBE LIGHT FACTS:
·         Studies suggest that green lights are more easily detected by the human eye than other colors
·         ODOT will be the first DOT in the nation to use green strobe lights and will be one of the first states in the nation to use a combination of colors
·         ODOT snow plow trucks are rear-ended nearly four times more often than snowplow trucks in Ohio’s neighboring states
·         Better visibility will lead to safer roadways as the motoring public can quickly and easily identify these vehicles in adverse weather conditions
·          A video of the new lighting color and pattern may be viewed at: http://youtu.be/FVvJ17fxDbk
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For more information,  contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us or Rhonda Pees, ODOT District 1, 419-999-6803; rhonda.pees@dot.state.oh.us 
 
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us