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has been using green lights on plows for about a year now to help keep drivers
safe, and so far, they say it's working.
department chose to install the lights after seeing an increase in rear-end
accidents when their plows were out on the roads. They chose green flashing
lights because the color green is better-seen by the human eye.
Officials say so far, the lights have been
making their truck drivers feel safer.
the past, sometimes the yellow lights, it was hard to differentiate between a
tow truck and say some of the other vehicles that were out on the road that
might have had those lights," said Theresa Pollick, a ODOT's public information
officer. "By having the green lights, it's a great safety improvement because
you recognize that, ‘hey, that's an ODOT plow.'"
northwest Ohio, about 60 percent of the trucks have the lights. They hope that
90 percent will have them this winter.