Ohio state troopers are replacing their 1,200 charcoal-gray patrol cars with white cars so that citizens can spot the more easily, the Cincinnati Enquirer says. “We are not out there trying to hide. We want people to see us out there,” said Sgt. Robin Schmutz of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She said the switch was prompted by a rash of troopers being struck during traffic stops.”It’s really an officer safety issue,” she said.
Local posts have eight of 128 new 2003 Ford Crown Victorias that have been issued so far statewide. Schmutz said it will be two to three years before the patrol’s entire fleet is replaced.