The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office is changing its Inclement Weather Advisory System.
Instead of using Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Snow Emergencies, you will now see a traffic light that will indicate if the weather and road conditions are necessary for a Code Green, Code Yellow, or Code Red.
"You see traffic lights every day, and they pretty much tell you what to do. This is the same thing, " says Sheriff Matt Lutz.
The Muskingum County Engineer’s Office came up with the design of the new advisory system.
Lutz says he and past sheriffs ran into problems with the old system, which was initially implemented by the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association.
"There were some issues about when to go to a Level 3 because to delcare an emergency, it was putting a lot of stress on our business owners. It was putting a lot of stress on our officers. It was putting a lot of stress on our dispatchers having to field calls, " says Lutz.
A Code Green will be similar to a Level 1 Snow Emergency, indicating that public safety crews are beginning to hit the roadways due to weather conditions.
A Code Yellow is similar to a Level 2 Snow Emergency. It means roadways are declining and becoming covered.
A Code Red will act as a Level 3 Snow Emergency, but one difference is that the Sheriff’s Office is only recommending that emergency and safety crews be on the roadways.
Lutz does say if you are heading to work or the hospital during a Code Red and you get in a wreck, you won’t be cited, but if you driving for no reason, you will receive a ticket.
Lutz says he expects other surrounding counties to follow the new advisory system in the near future.