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Making intersections safer for emergency vehicles throughout St. Louis

ST. LOUIS – You Paid For It has urged the St. Louis city and county governments to implement a system to make intersections safer for emergency vehicles and motorists. The new system will be implemented by St. Charles County and will be operational by the end of 2022.

A St. Louis City Council took up the idea and introduced a resolution to study the cost and implementation of such a measure.

Public Safety Committee Chairman Alderman Joe Vaccaro agrees that St. Louis should adopt it.

“So, I saw your interview on the cameras and said, ‘Wow, that’s actually a really good idea,’ so I first put together a resolution on when this week is actually going to go to the Streets Committee to look at how we proceed funding,” he said. “And even if it’s a million dollars, if you have half a billion dollars in COVID funds, a million dollars isn’t a lot of money when they’re saving lives; if it gets the ambulance to your home faster.”

Vaccaro says he came up with the idea after seeing FOX 2’s report on St. Charles County’s implementation of the traffic light plan. It keeps the traffic lights green for one emergency vehicle and switches the traffic lights to red for all others.

The St. Charles County facility cost $800,000. Eighty percent of the program is funded by federal funds, with the remainder coming from a local tax measure.

Vacarro says the legislation will be assigned to the Aldermanic Streets Committee for hearing. From there he expects laws to be drafted.

St. Louis County is also working on its own plan to probe the system. Most accidents involving emergency vehicles happen at intersections. We brought the idea to Council Chairwoman Rita Days, who passed a resolution to study the idea, which is already in use by the Metro West Fire Protection District in St. Louis County.

She also agrees it’s something that could save lives and get first responders where they need to go faster and safer.

https://fox2now.com/news/you-paid-for-it/making-intersections-safer-for-emergency-vehicles-across-st-louis/ Making intersections safer for emergency vehicles throughout St. Louis

Nate Jones

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