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Learn More About the E-Light Emergency Vehicle Alert System at Tonight’s Traveling City Hall

From Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s Office

The May Traveling City Hall program will be held tonight, May 28, from 5:30-7pm. at St. Theresa School, 600 Herndon Dr., in partnership with the Diamond-Stringtown Neighborhood Association. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will open the session and introduce elected officials and city department heads. The meeting will feature a presentation on E-Light Emergency Vehicle Alert System, a state-of-the art emergency light warning system designed to enhance safety at traffic intersections.

The E-Light system consists of a flashing sign illuminated with high-output amber LED lights that is mounted adjacent to a traffic signal and activated to alert motorists of an approaching emergency vehicle, such as a fire truck, ambulance or police car. When an emergency vehicle equipped with a transmitter approaches an intersection the transmitter, which is activated on demand, relays a signal to a receiver on the light assembly starting the alert system’s flashing light.

The City of Evansville is waiting for federal approval to install an E-Light at the intersection of Fulton Avenue and Columbia Street for data collection. The data will be complied in a report to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which will analyze the data in consideration of rolling out the light system nationwide. The E-Light system has been installed in select cities in California and Michigan. Evansville is the first city to test the system in Indiana.

The E-light presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Mayor Winnecke and other officials about issues related to local government.

The next Traveling City Hall program will be held on Wednesday, June 25, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 613 Cherry St., from 5:30-7 p.m. The meeting will feature a presentation by the Department of Metropolitan Development on the City of Evansville’s 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.

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