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SLC red lights turn green for ambulance drivers

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Ambulance providers are shaving seconds off emergency drives in Salt Lake City with a new system. It allows ambulance drivers to turn red lights green.
"I've seen cars not pull over and I've seen them have to wait to get through intersections," -Sherene Easter
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Ambulance providers are shaving seconds off emergency drives in Salt Lake City with a new system. It allows ambulance drivers to turn red lights green.

The technology to turn red lights green has been available for about 20 years, but it's new to Salt Lake City.

Regulars in the City say it's about time. "I've seen cars not pull over and I've seen them have to wait to get through intersections," said Sherene Easter.

Equipment for 35 intersections costs $175,000. The new system lines 600 South and Foothill drive. Ambulance providers trigger the red lights green with high frequency flashing lights, which can not be duplicated.

The signal can trigger lights from as far as 2000 feet away. "I think it's a great idea. I've been in situations where I've seen an ambulance come up. A lot of traffic people trying to squeeze over on the sides even the sidewalk to try and get past I think it's smart to try and open it up get traffic through and get people where they need help," said Doug Leavitt from Kaysville.

The goals are to speed up the emergency commute and to also increase safety for everyone on the road.

The University of Utah Hospital, Primary Children's Medical Center, Utah Department of Transportation and Salt Lake City all worked together to buy and install this system. 

The new system will change a red light to green in at least 5 seconds.



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