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Markl Johnson 816-607-2151

November 10, 2016 02:00 PM
KC Scout, MoDOT to Honor Incident Responders

For more information, contact Michele Sewart at 816-607-2027


LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Across the country every year, hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding to incidents on the roadway. In order to better educate the public, and hopefully save motorists and responders lives, KC Scout is joining Emergency Response operators, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Kansas City Police Department, tow truck operators and other partners next week to highlight Traffic Incident Management Week, Nov. 14-18. 

Last year, KC Scout responded to more than 30,000 incidents on metro roadways. That’s more than 30,000 times a motorist had a flat tire, a semi overturned during rush hour or debris littered a high-speed lane. And each of these incidents impacted traffic in some way – slow downs, stops or completely diverting to a new route. And each time, these incident responders were putting their safety on the line to clear the incident and return traffic to normal as quickly as possible.

In the past 10 years, MoDOT has had three emergency response employees killed while working incidents on the road. In an average year, the tow truck industry loses a driver every week while responding to an incident.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic incident fatalities have increased 7.2 percent, which is the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. Traffic incidents are the number one case of death for police officers and EMS/EMT responders nationwide.

“MoDOT and its partners in law enforcement, fire, EMT and the tow industry work together to clear incidents but we need the help of drivers,” said MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger. “Move over when you see responders on the road and give them extra space to work. They are out there trying to clear the road for you so give them space to work.”

Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and change lanes when approaching MoDOT vehicles or law enforcement and emergency vehicles with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles. The law applies to law enforcement, emergency vehicles and transportation workers as they perform their official duties.

For more information on the Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, please visit the national website at http://timnetwork.org/traffic-incident-response-awareness-week/ or visit MoDOT’s website at www.modot.org.

For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, please visit our website at www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity. For instant updates, follow MoDOT_KC on Twitter, or share posts and comments on our Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOT.KansasCity. MoDOT Kansas City maintains more than 7,000 miles of state roadway in nine counties. Sign up online for workzone updates or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636).



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