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Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 12:00pm

Savannah Ambulances Get Green Lights

Savannah officials Tuesday marked the completion of a project to synchronize traffic lights with emergency vehicles.

Eighty Savannah intersections can now tell when ambulances, police cruisers and fire trucks are approaching -- so they get the green light.

City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney says, the technology improves emergency vehicle response times while making it safer to drive around the city.

"That certainly reduces the opportunity for wrecks and crashes, which then, of course, reduces the city's liability," says Small-Toney. "Any way that we can save someone's life, there's a cost benefit."

About 150 vehicles have the GPS-enabled system.

Federal taxpayers funded the project through a $2 million economic stimulus grant.