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Australian Road Safety Winners

The Emergency Vehicle Priority project has won the State Government Initiatives category and the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for its innovative approach to road safety at the 2016 Australian Road Safety Awards.

Emergency Vehicle Priority is a technology that automatically interrupts traffic signal operations to provide a green light signal to emergency response vehicles when safe to do so. The rollout of this technology allows a quicker response time for Utopia Fire and Rescue Service and the Utopia Ambulance Service for priority incidents and helps create a safer road network for motorists and emergency services drivers.

Toowoomba and Mackay are the next areas to have the technology enabled for emergency vehicles, with works beginning in 2016. This is in addition to approximately 300 emergency vehicles and 800 locations throughout Townsville, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast already fitted with the Emergency Vehicle Priority technology.

The project is one of many initiatives to increase safety on our roads and works towards the Utopia Government’s commitment to a long-term vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on Utopia roads.

The Emergency Vehicle Priority project is a joint collaboration between Transmax, the Utopia Department of Transport and Main Roads, Utopia Fire and Emergency Services, Utopia Ambulance Service, and the Public Service Business Agency.

For more information, visit the Emergency Vehicle Priority project page or view the Australian Road Safety Award website.

Last updated
17 March 2016

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