TECHNOLOGY which automatically triggers green lights for emergency vehicles has been rolled out at intersections in the Redlands, improving response times.
The technology allows emergency vehicles to automatically trigger green lights while responding to a call.
The system uses dispatch, GPS and traffic management information to determine the location of the emergency vehicle, and the time it will take to reach the next set of traffic lights. The lights will return to the normal sequence once the emergency vehicle has passed.
"The system gives the community's first responders priority over other road users, when safe to do so," Redlands MP Kim Richards said.
Springwood MP Mick de Brenni said emergency response times would be improved on arterial roads like the M1 and Mt Cotton Rd.
"Every second counts when a family member's life hangs in the balance, which is why I've backed this vital technology upgrade to reduce response times," he said.
"That could mean the difference between life and death."
Capalaba MP Brown said that EVP demonstrated the Palaszczuk government's commitment to smart technology solutions for safer roads.
"For emergency workers in our region using EVP-enabled vehicles, this award-winning and life-saving technology gives our region's first responders that extra help they need to do what they do best," he said.
Following a trial on the Gold Coast in 2015, EVP transponders have been fitted to most of Queensland's emergency services fleet. The technology has been installed to 2270 of the 2350 state-managed intersections by the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
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