Federal grant to improve emergency response times
BATON ROUGE - The city-parish plans to spend close to $1 million upgrading and fixing dozens of damaged Opticom systems.
The technology detects emergency vehicles and cycles traffic signals in their favor.
Of the 460 traffic lights in the parish, 240 have the system and 64 of those were damaged by recent storms.
More than $750,000 of a $1.4 million federal transportation grant will be used to fix what's damaged and install more systems throughout the parish.
EMS and Fire trigger Opticom more than 82,000 times a year responding to calls.