|Published:||Aug 26, 2013 8:59 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 27, 2013 3:28 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "Cars are made pretty soundproof today and people have their air conditioner on and their radio on and sometimes they simply don't hear us, not for any fault of their own," said Walter Kopka, the Chief of Collier County's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
Collier County officials believe these emergency vehicle preemption devices will help fire trucks and ambulances move.
"To help them get through intersections more quickly and safely," said Connie Deane, Spokesperson for Growth Management.
The white lights on top let the emergency responders know they'll get a green light at the intersection.
"It opens up the light green for us, and red for all other oncoming traffic," said Chief Kopka.
Robert Johnston said he's already seen them on the roads.
"It's very important that we have access to safety, the quicker the response the better. I support it 100%."
You don't need to do anything different in the car. But when you see the solid white light, you'll know the regular traffic are being adjusted to get a nearby emergency crew somewhere quickly.
"That steady white confirmation beacon is letting an ambulance or a fire truck know that its signal has been received that it's getting a preemption so it can quickly and safely move through the intersection," said Deane.
Crews are working to install the devices on 107 of 205 county maintained signals, costing the county 1.2 million dollars over the next three years. The funds will come from gas tax. Getting first responders and other drivers moving right along.
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