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System allows temporary right of way for SCMPD cruisers

Downtown intersections with detection system (Source: SCMPD) Downtown intersections with detection system (Source: SCMPD)
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SAVANNAH, GA ( WTOC) – A new system in Savannah-Chatham Metro Police cars will allow for temporary right-of-way through intersections in emergency situations.

SCMPD has 90 vehicles outfitted with the system. There are 80 intersections around Savannah that are equipped to interact with the system and change when emergency vehicle responding during an emergency situation approach.

The Opticom GPS system works to detect the vehicle's position, speed and turn signal status data and vehicle identification is transmitted to the intersection, according to SCMPD. The intersection then is programmed to issue a green light based on that priority request sent from the vehicle.

Officers will learn about the system at 1 p.m. Thursday at the training center in the Savannah Mall.  

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