ODOT Gives Snowplows, Drivers Green Light for Winter
COLUMBUS (Tuesday, October 23, 2012) – While the official start of winter is still a few weeks away, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hard at work readying its snow-fighting equipment and its 3,000 snowplow drivers for the upcoming snow and ice season.
Starting this week, ODOT District 12 will conduct 150-point inspections, test and fine-tune snow removal equipment as part of county-by-county Operational Readiness Events.
“Although last winter was mild, Ohio weather is unpredictable,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “By ensuring our equipment is fully functional and our drivers are trained, motorists can be assured roads will be safe and passable from the first snowstorm to the last.”
ODOT will make history this winter by being the first state in the nation to use green-colored strobe lights on its snowplow trucks. Studies show green lights are more easily detected by the human eye than other colors. The new green lights, along with new white lights, will be added to the existing amber lights creating a color combination unique to ODOT.
“The change to multi-colored lights was driven by the number of vehicles rear-ending ODOT’s plow trucks,” said ODOT District 12 Deputy Director Myron Pakush. “Ohio has four times the number of rear-end collisions as our neighboring states.”
Thanks to Governor John R. Kasich’s Mid-Biennium Review (MBR), use of the multi-colored lights on snowplow trucks, when operated on highways, is now law. The MBR was a top-to-bottom review of state government agencies and programs. Through this process, the Governor and his cabinet found a number of significant changes to reform outdated policies.