Apr 12 2002

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDS FOR BIRMINGHAM'S AUTOMATED CRASH NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funds for Birmingham. The funds, totaling $2,068,296, will be released Monday by the Federal Highway Administration.

Senator Shelby secured this funding for Birmingham in the Fiscal Year 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill that was passed by Congress and signed into law.

Sen. Shelby said, "This is a second installment of funding to integrate wireless communications and information technologies into the Birmingham regional emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital trauma systems. The fully integrated system will identify the precise location of a crash event, give emergency room doctors accurate information about the probability and severity of injuries, and expeditiously dispatch fire and rescue personnel to save the lives of motorists. This pilot project is being designed and implemented by the Center for Injury Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and state and local authorities with the support of private industry."