Distracted drivers don’t discriminate. For those who work the roads such as an incident responder, state trooper, tow operator or others, odds are only increasing that a distracted driver will punch their ticket one day. With hundreds of responders struck and either injured or killed while working to save lives on U.S. roads each year, working together is the only way to make a difference.
That’s why the Oregon Traffic Incident Management Program formed. The program is dedicated to improving the on-scene safety of first responders and the traveling public through training, coordination and outreach.
Recently team members gathered at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Station 56 for a panel discussion on the challenges they face on the road, how the public can help them go home safe to their families, and why our TIM trainings save lives. Check out the highlight video.
As Oregonians we are all stewards of our transportation system. We all play an important role in keeping each other safe. Some things you can do:
- Make safety a top priority. Travel safely. #DriveHealthy, #DriveSober, #BeVisible.
- Support incident responders. Give responders space – #MoveOverSlowDown. Follow the Oregon Traffic Incident Management group on Facebook. Watch a video about incident response.
- Be patient. It can take hours and sometimes days to re-open a road after a serious crash or natural disaster. Use TripCheck.com to check conditions. The site is updated as information is available. You can learn more about what it takes to clear a major crash from this fact sheet.