State to remove call box system on highways
PROVIDENCE, R.I. The state is doing away with its highway call box system, a move expected to save more than one million dollars.The Department of Transportation says the system is outdated and underutilized.
Raymond LaBelle, executive director of Rhode Island's 9-1-1 emergency telephone system, said the public can use cell phones to dial 9-1-1 for highway-related emergencies.
The call box system has been in place since 1978.
The state estimates that 520,000 people in Rhode Island have cell phones.