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Governor Little signs Traffic Incident Safety Awareness proclamation

Posted: 9:41 AM, Nov 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 11:41:45-05

BOISE, Idaho — Gov. Brad Little and the Idaho Transportation Department are collaborating to bring attention to the importance of traffic incident responders during National Traffic Incident Management Awareness Week.

Various emergency response organizations such as ITD, law enforcement, tow trucks, fire department, medical services, port of entry, and ambulance services all play a critical role in managing and clearing an incident from the roadway.

Besides Gov. Little, other dignitaries on hand will include: ITD Director Brian Ness, Idaho State Police Colonel Kedrick Wills, ITD Chief Operations Officer Travis McGrath, Federal Highway Administration's Idaho Division Administrator Pete Hartman, Department of Health and Welfare Bureau Chief Wayne Denny and Idaho Towing Association State Directors Lee & Sheryl Bellemare.

“Roadway incidents can occur at any time and may require law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, tow operators and transportation workers. The ability for them to respond quickly is critical to both the protection of life and the reduction of secondary crashes,” said ITD Emergency Manager Neal Murphy.

“Traffic incident management training provides the tools for responders to work together in the event of a traffic incident,” he added. “The traveling public can do their part to protect responders by driving in an engaged manner and moving over when incident responders are present.”

Traffic incident responders in Idaho contribute substantially to caring for victims in these crashes, and the quick clearance of our roadways increases mobility of the traveling public and has the added benefit of greatly enhancing safety on the highways.