COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio Department of Transportation snowplows have been involved in 80 crashes so far this winter, with other drivers causing most of them.
ODOT says the 80 plow crashes this year are up from the past two winters, but there have been fewer than in the 2010-2011 season when plows drove fewer miles but were involved in 108 wrecks.
"Given the number of miles that our drivers are driving, the number of crashes, comparatively speaking, are down," ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner said.
Faulkner says they are constantly reviewing safety with their drivers. Of the 80 crashes this winter, 58 were the fault of the other driver.
"We're having safety conversations and chats every day. They're given refresher courses annually on snow and ice as well as many other duties that they have to perform throughout the year," he said.
The agency started using green flashing lights in addition to yellow beacons two years ago to make its plows more visible. It's too early to say if the lights are making a difference.
"Green is a color that tends to catch the eye a little bit better than maybe just the orange or yellow that had been on snow plows in years previous," he said.
A public-awareness campaign is aimed at alerting drivers to the dangers of driving too close to the trucks. Faulkner says it's vital that when you're driving in the ice and snow you slow down and leave your cell phone alone.