Next week, November 13 –17, 2023, is Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/tim/crash_responder.htm. This initiative, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), communicates the simple steps everyone can take to keep roadway responders and the public safe around traffic incidents.
Every minute of every day, law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services (EMS), public works, transportation, towing, and other responders work roadside to make roads safe for all users. These traffic incident responders put their lives at risk when clearing each of the nearly 7 million annual motor vehicle crashes or the broader range of incidents, such as stalled vehicles or roadway debris.
CRSW is an opportunity to promote road user awareness and adherence to Move Over laws and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training for all traffic incident responders.Townships can help promote first responder safety through website and social media posts, newsletter articles, and more.
For helpful resources, visit the FHWA CRSW Campaign Toolkit webpage