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Fla. county considers traffic signal project to better response times

The project would cost $1.8 million and will use GPS technology

By Scott Lockwood
North Port Sun

SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — The Sarasota County Commission will discuss today a $1.8 million contract for a countywide traffic signal project that aims to enhance the response time of rescue workers.

If the contract is approved, Traffic Control Devices of Altamonte Springs will install a traffic pre-emption system that will use GPS technology that integrates with existing traffic control devices. Sarasota County Fire Chief Mike Tobias said a GPS sensor and transmitter will be mounted on 86 of the county's emergency vehicles and receivers will be mounted on the control signal cabinet of 197 different signals around the county. He said once the receiver senses an emergency vehicle about a quarter of a mile away coming in its direction, the traffic signal will cycle to a green light in the same direction as the vehicle -- and allow traffic to move through the intersection before moving out of the way for the emergency vehicle. All other vehicles traveling in other directions will see a red light.

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Randall Nelson Randall Nelson Wednesday, November 07, 2012 3:58:06 PM $3800 per ambulance and a total of $1.8 million? How much money do you throw at an alleged problem before you come up with the answer. No matter what you do or how much you spend there is always going to be a lapse of time between dispatch and arrival.
Chris George Chris George Wednesday, November 07, 2012 4:10:39 PM We have a similar system in my county and it is wonderful, when the light is tripped. The traffic flows and moves out of the way a lot faster than when there is no system.
Jim Brumbaugh Jim Brumbaugh Wednesday, November 07, 2012 4:26:44 PM What if a neighboring department is going through your city enroute to the hospital? Do they have a way to control the lights for their safety as well?
Ryan Klackle Ryan Klackle Wednesday, November 07, 2012 5:10:23 PM Does it only work when responding to a call?
Kyle Falkenbach Kyle Falkenbach Wednesday, November 07, 2012 5:11:35 PM What are you nuts? No....that would cost 80 million!
Joshua Ni Jenkins Joshua Ni Jenkins Wednesday, November 07, 2012 6:16:16 PM In Knoxville, at the more congested intersections the Lights have little sensors on them that 'listen' for sirens and located the direction that its coming from. This in turn changes the lights to green only for that direction of traffic untill the siren has past. Not sure of the distance, but it does however work for Any Siren, Police Fire EMS, with out any vehicle equipment needed. Not sure of the cost.

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