L. A. County Tests “Eye-Catching” Color
A new, light-absorbent, reddish-orange paint used heretofore only on aircraft, was recently applied to a battalion chief’s car of the Los Angeles County Fire Department to see if the car would “stand out in traffic, especially at dusk when the accident rate is highest.
County Fire Chief Keith Klinger suggested the experiment after noticing how eye-catching the color is on the department s helicopter. His decision was also sparked by the many “fire-engine red” private cars and trucks on the highways.
The vehicle is in service in East Los Angeles, one of the most congested areas from the standpoint of traffic. The test will take about a year, Klinger said. If there is a noticeable difference, all of the department vehicles will be painted with the new paint.