Ambulances clear road with radio warnings in Ecuador

WASHINGTON – Ambulances are equipped with flashing red lights and screaming sirens, but sometimes they still have a hard time getting through traffic.

In Guayaquil, Ecuador, they’re trying something different to get drivers’ attention. According to, ambulances are hijacking car radios to blare a warning that the ambulance is coming.

The ambulances uses a low-power broadcast that overrides AM and FM radio signals when the ambulance is within about a half-mile of the vehicle.

It has been estimated that the radio hijack is cutting response times by 40 percent.

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