No longer blinded by the light

A change made by the Ohio Department of Transportation may seem like a small thing – unless you’ve ever been driving at night on an ice-covered road and been blinded temporarily by flashing lights on a highways department truck being used to salt or cinder the pavement.

ODOT is equipping its trucks with flashing lights adjustable for intensity. Salt, cinder and plow truck drivers will be able to keep the lights from shining too brightly in other motorists’ eyes, perhaps preventing accidents.

Bravo, ODOT! The agency’s move ought to be emulated by other local and state government agencies.