Road commission trucks to get new green lights

GENESEE COUNTY — In order to promote safer driving conditions this winter season, Genesee County Road Commission (GCRC) will be installing green lights, alongside its amber lights, to improve visibility of maintenance vehicles like snow plows.

The green cone in the human eye is the most sensitive, and has the largest wavelength. This means green lights appear brighter and can be seen from farther away than other color lights, making them suitable for enhanced visibility in inclement conditions.

“The plan is to integrate all new equipment with green and amber lighting with a gradual integration of older equipment based on MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul),” said Randall Dellaposta, Director of Equipment & Facilities.

A September 2016 survey of Michigan’s county road agencies by the County Road

Association of Michigan (CRA) revealed that more than 70 percent of agencies would be implementing green lights this year, climbing to more than 85 percent in 2017 and beyond.

When drivers see green lights on a maintenance vehicle, GCRC asks them to slow down, be vigilant to avoid the roadwork, but stay on the roadway.

For more information, you can contact GCRC at (810) 767-4920. — P.S.

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