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Protect Those who Protect Us!

Saturday November 11, 2023

Crash responders unite to share important messages about crash scene safety.

What: (Taylorsville, UT) Crash Responder Safety Week, observed from November 13-17, 2023, serves as a poignant reminder of the critical work undertaken by law enforcement, emergency medical services, firefighters, towing services, and Department of Transportation personnel. These dedicated individuals face inherent dangers while responding to motor vehicle crashes, incidents, and emergencies.

Importance of Crash Responder Safety:

The risks encountered by crash responders are underscored by the alarming statistic of 34 Emergency Responder Struck-by-Vehicle Fatalities nationally in 2023. In The Utah Department of Public Safety alone, we have witnessed 15 struck-by incidents this year. While we are fortunate that none have resulted in serious injuries, the dangers are real, and the safety of our responders remains a top priority.

During Crash Responder Safety Week, we emphasize the shared responsibility of keeping our responders safe. The public plays a crucial role by adhering to Move Over laws, exercising caution when approaching accident scenes, and promoting safe driving practices to avoid crashes all together.

Members of the media are invited to join us in recognizing Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW), a nationwide initiative dedicated to promoting the safety of crash responders who risk their lives daily to keep our roadways safe.

When:
Monday, November 13, 2023
Time: 10:30 AM

Where:
Old DLD Track (West of the Rampton Building)
4600 South 2700 West, Taylorsville, UT

Who:
Colonel Mike Rapich – Utah Highway Patrol
Sgt. Eric Prescott – (UHP) TIMS Instructor
Tpr. Faiver Gonzalez – Spanish

Visuals:
Police, Fire, UDOT, and Tow Personnel – United as Crash Responders
Staged crash with crash responder vehicles
One-on-one Interviews available

Media Resources Link

Media Contact:
Cameron Roden
395.290.2925

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MEDIA CONTACT

Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety
hmkoellner@utah.gov

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