Traffic Incident Response Week Media Event
Traffic Incident Response Week
- November 10-16, 2019, has been designated by the Federal Highway Administration as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week to draw public awareness to the dangers emergency responders face when reacting to a traffic incident.
- Emergency responders across the country work tirelessly to help save lives at the scene of traffic incidents.
- Every year hundreds of emergency responders experience close calls, or are struck and either injured or killed while responding to these incidents, and at incident scenes.
- And motorists are as likely or more likely to be in danger at these scenes.
- “Emergency responder” is more than officers and firefighters. This includes incident management teams, tow truck operators, fire and medical personnel as well as construction and utility workers.
- Emergency responders are excited at the opportunity to teach the motoring public about our common goals and responsibilities at traffic incidents.
- Utah Highway Patrol will kick-off the week by holding a Media Event on Tuesday, November, 12th, 2019 at 10:00 AM
- Utah Highway Patrol Headquarters, Calvin Rampton Complex, 4501 South Constitution Blvd (2700 West), Salt Lake City, Utah 84129
- Colonel Mike Rapich – Utah Highway Patrol
- Traffic Incident Crash Survivors – Available for individual on-camera interviews
- Battalion Chief Bart Vawdrey – Draper City Fire Department
- Sergeant Cade Brenchley – Utah Highway Patrol
- Jeff Reynolds – UDOT Incident Management Team Supervisor
- Bryce Bullock – Tow Truck Operator – Larry’s Towing
- Contact Sgt. Nick Street, the UHP PIO at (801)554-5659
Goal For the Week
- Many drivers remain unaware of the “Move Over” law and the risk they present to emergency responders when they enter an active traffic incident area.
- Utah law requires drivers to slow down and/or move over.
- This law is designed to protect the first responders as well as any traffic incident victims.
- As we enter the months when we’ll be experiencing inclement weather, drivers need to know the absolute importance of SLOWING DOWN and giving first responders an additional lane.
- Drivers are also encouraged to move their vehicle off the interstate or highway following a fender-bender so long as their vehicle is still driveable.
Crashes in Utah Put Emergency Personnel At Risk
- There were 62,471 crashes in Utah in 2016
- That’s an average of 171 a day and just over 7 an hour
- That means that thousands of times a year, emergency personnel are responding to crashes.
- Each time they’re out there, they’re vulnerable to being injured and even killed by inattentive and unaware motorists.
Did you know?
- One in seven firefighters and police officers who die in the line of duty are killed in vehicle-related incidents.
- Traffic incidents are the number one cause of death of EMS/EMT responders.
- Traffic incidents are a leading cause of death for police officers.
- In 2019, there have been 10 incidents where UHP Trooper were parked on the side of the roadway with their rear-facing flashing lights activated and their patrol vehicles were hit by motorists attempting to pass.
- UHP issued 1,086 move-over citations in 2017, 761 in 2018 and 480 in 2019.
Utah’s Move Over Law is contained in Utah Code 41-6a-904
Drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles, highway maintenance vehicles or towing vehicles displaying flashing red, red & white, red and blue lights or amber lights need to slow down, provide as much space as practical to the stationary vehicles, and, move over a lane if it’s safe and clear.
This law requires drivers to move over and/or slow down when approaching stopped emergency or maintenance vehicles.
The consequences of breaking this simple law can be disastrous and deadly.
It’s a life-saving law, but many people don’t know about it.
Although all 50 states have enacted “Move Over” laws, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 71% of Americans are unaware of these laws.
Utah’s Crash Move-Off Law is contained in Utah Code 41-6A-401