This year the FHWA is launching it’s first Traffic Incident response week. The launch involves a year-long effort to engage many included parties, state DOTs, first responders, community traffic reporters, motorists, and several more. The week will take place November 13-17, 2017. This was motivated by a 7.2% increase in motor vehicle death on our nation’s highways from 2014 to 2015. This is opposite a recent trend of decreasing highway fatalities
- According to data released earlier this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 35,092 people – someone’s daughter, son, co-worker and neighbor — died on our nation’s highways in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2015.
- With an increasing number of vehicles miles traveled and incidents to respond, it is imperative that we work together to ensure that our emergency responders are able to do their jobs.
- Traffic Incident Management (TIM) experts tell us that drivers are not aware of the laws in their states, especially “Move Over and Slow Down” laws and others similar in purpose.
“The figure represents a 7.2% increase over 2014, which makes it the greatest one year increase in 50 years, and breaks a recent historical trend of fewer deaths occurring per year.”