County Clears Roads for Responders

Traffic light preemptors alert motorists that an emergency vehicle is approaching, sometimes before they hear a siren.

An article on the NBC-2 website says the new technology has been installed at dozens of intersections in Lee County, Florida to allow emergency vehicles to reach their destinations more quickly, even in heavy traffic.

“With the new system, a computer system will signal stop lights that emergency responders are approaching,” the article says.

Emergency responders are always trying to maneuver through traffic to avoid a crash. Even so, crashes at intersections are the number two killer of firefighters in crashes, Iona-McGregor Fire Chief William Elliot said. Sixty-five intersections in Lee County will be equipped with traffic light preemptors by mid-November, making the road safer for emergency vehicle drivers and the general public.

To read the article, please click here:
http://www.nbc-2.com/Global/story.asp?S=11374970