Springfield -- Emergency responders face potential dangers every day. As a reminder, the Federal Highway Administration has declared the week of Nov. 11-17 as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.
To mark the week-long awareness campaign, MoDOT and its southwest Missouri safety partners will hold a joint training exercise on Tuesday, November 13.
Here are the details of the Springfield area exercise:
- Who: The Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, local law enforcement, fire departments, emergency services and other safety advocates across the Springfield region
- What: Traffic incident management exercise to simulate the response to overturned trucks, both large and small, using the skills and traffic management techniques targeted in the National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training course
- When: 12 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2017
- Where: MoDOT Roadside Crews Facility, 1401 W. Old Route 66, Strafford
The Missouri Department of Transportation and its safety partners remind motorists to move over when approaching MoDOT, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), towing vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic incidents are the number one cause of death for police officers and EMS responders nationwide. Each year hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, EMS, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding to traffic incidents.
There were more than 7.2 million police-reported traffic crashes in the United States in 2016, up from more than 6.2 million in 2015, according to NHTSA. From 2010 to 2016, the number of police reported traffic crashes increased by 1.8 million.
Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and emergency vehicles when the vehicle’s lights are displayed. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the stationary vehicles. Missouri’s law was recently expanded to include utility vehicles displaying amber or amber and white lights.
(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest)
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