The North Dakota Highway Patrol plans to switch from white to black patrol vehicles over the next four to five years, according to a news release.
The transition is to increase officer safety, as well as increase resale value of the vehicles.
“Black vehicles will enhance the safety of the motoring public as well our officers, because they are easier to see during white-out conditions,” Col. Mike Gerhart said.
There is a prototype black patrol vehicle operating in the Jamestown area. There will be 40 new black vehicles integrated into Highway Patrol's 175-vehicle fleet starting in January.