Auglaize County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) members approved funding for emergency response agencies to purchase advance warning signs during a regular meeting Wednesday.
The 4-foot square, bright pink signs would warn motorists of emergency scenes ahead to prevent further problems at the location, explained Jim Williams, who chairs the Grants Committee tasked with determining whether or not to allocate funding for the signs.
The idea would be that one sign would be placed a one-half mile before the scene of an emergency and another sign placed farther out, to provide ample warning.
LEPC Chair and Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites said the signs are part of a program in conjunction with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
“It’s important to deal with accident scenes and get traffic moving along in a timely manner to prevent the loss of commerce,” Krites said of the program’s goal, which also aims to prevent secondary accidents.
For more information on the warning signs, see the Thursday, Nov. 7 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.