The Capitol Region Council of Governments administers the Greater Hartford Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Coalition that includes both public and private stakeholders. The Coalition acts as a steering committee overseeing a regional TIM program within the Hartford Urbanized Area. The program strives to strengthen the role of the responder community, increase the safety for motorized and non-motorized users, and promote efficient transportation system management and operation along the state’s highway system.
To enhance motorist and responder safety during traffic emergencies by creating and sustaining partnerships with law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, transportation and environmental agencies, towing and recovery, drivers, the media, the insurance industry and others.
To provide a systematic, planned, and coordinated multi-disciplinary approach to detect, respond and clear crashes to restore traffic capacity as safely and quickly as possible.
For a link to Greater Hartford TIM Coalition Activities click here.
Traffic Incident Management is one of seven emphasis areas within the Connecticut Strategic Highway Safety Plan . Visit the emphasis area link https://www.t2center.uconn.edu/trafficincident.php for more information.
MOVE IT or WORK IT
FHWA – “Quick clearance of all traffic incidents, large and small, is important not only for reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility on the highway network, but also for improving safety for travelers and incident responders. Minor incidents, even those on the roadway shoulder, can become major incidents. Lengthy clearance times increase the exposure of travelers and responders to secondary crashes. A secondary crash can be much more serious that a minor primary incident.” https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/eto_tim_pse/about/qc.htm
Additional Information and training on Move It Work It can be found at the Responder Safety Learning Network, http://learning.respondersafety.com
“In the broader TIM context, Quick Clearance is the practice of rapidly and safely removing temporary obstructions – including disabled or wrecked vehicles, debris, and spilled cargo – from the roadway to increase the safety of incident responders by minimizing their exposure to adjacent passing traffic, reduce the probability of secondary incidents, and relieve overall congestion levels and delay.
While many conventional TIM practices rely on responder operations, successful Quick Clearance involves and relies upon driver behavior to:
- change lanes and/or reduce vehicle speeds when approaching an incident scene (Move Over laws) and
- relocate their vehicle to a safe refuge out of the travel lane following a minor incident (Driver Removal laws)
In addition, Quick Clearance legislation provides authority to TIM responders from public agencies and private industry to remove property at the scene (Authority Removal laws).”
Excerpt from Traffic Incident Management Quick Clearance Laws: A National Review of Best Practices https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop09005/index.htm#toc
Connecticut Quick Clearance Legislation
These Connecticut General Statutes have direct relevance to TIM activities in support of quick clearance.
Authority Removal Law CT General Statutes Section 14-66(g)
Move Over Law CT General Statute Section 14-283b
Move-It Law CT General Statute Section 4-224(d)
Nationwide, highway incidents, such as accidents, vehicle breakdowns and dropped debris, are responsible for 25% of all highway congestion. Pre-planned traffic incident management can result in a quicker response and a more rapid clearing of the incident. Personnel responding to an incident can operate in a safer, more efficient environment. CRCOG has helped address these issues on a regional and statewide basis since 1998. Links below will take you to more detailed information about each of these initiatives:
- Regional Emergency Support Function 1 (Transportation), established in 2006
- Statewide Incident Management Task Force, established in 2003 and no longer active
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted this on the CONNECTIONS Blog of the USDOT
“Our first responders signed up to face danger, if necessary. They shouldn’t have to confront it in the form of a vehicle that isn’t giving them room to work safely. If you see the flashing lights on the roadside, you know what to do: Move Over to protect the men and women who do so much to protect all of us.”