Voting underway for PennDOT Paint the Plow program in Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties

OIL CITY, Pennsylvania. (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 1, invites the public to vote on 11 plows decorated by regional high school students as part of the annual Paint the Plow program.

Paint the Plow is a statewide outreach program to promote winter driving safety and foster appreciation for high school arts programs and student creativity.

Earlier this year, PennDOT invited high school students in Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties to paint plow blades with the state’s “Lay the Device in the Snow and Ice” theme. The theme was chosen to draw attention to the need for drivers to give their full attention to driving and eliminate distractions, such as cell phones, especially during winter weather events.

Participants included teenagers from Farrell Area High School, Commodore Perry Jr.-Sr. High School, Mercer High School and West Middlesex High School, among others.

After a two-year break, the public is once again invited to vote for their favorite plow. This year, voting will be done through an online poll posted on the PennDOT website. Voters should click on the Paint the Plow icon to find the survey link.

The plow photo that receives the most votes between November 14 and 18 will be considered the “Fan Favorite”.

Schools and participants are encouraged to share the contest link to promote voting. PennDOT will post the photos to Facebook statewide and regionally; however, responses on social media will not count towards the vote total.

During the winter season, the blades will be used to maintain the roads in the region. In addition to the “Fan Favorite” award, blades are also eligible for the “Judges’ Pick” honor to be determined by PennDOT staff.

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