National Traffic Incident Response Week Raises Awareness for First Responders
WisDOT reminds the public to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles
Traffic Incident Response Week is a time to recognize emergency responders and their tireless effort to help save lives at the scenes of traffic incidents across the country. Every year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing, and transportation agencies lose their lives while responding to incidents.
The week, which runs from November 14-18, was designated by the Federal Highway Administration, with administration and support from the TIM Network. TIM (traffic incident management) consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incident, so traffic may be restored as safely and quickly as possible.
From 2014 to 2015, there was an increase of 3.2 percent in the total vehicle miles traveled in the United States, the largest increase since 1992. With more miles traveled, the total number of police-reported traffic crashes increased by 3.8 percent from 2014 to 2015.
With an increase in the number of incidents requiring emergency response, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, urges drivers to slow down and move over for emergency response vehicles, to ensure they are able to do their jobs safely, and to reduce the number of incidents involving injury or fatalities.