FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2023
(ATLANTA, GA)—Mark your calendars for November 13–17, as the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) joins forces with the national Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) to bring to light the courageous and often underrepresented stories of our local responders. Every day, these heroes put their lives at risk to ensure our roads are safe and functional.
The Georgia State Patrol (GSP) works roadway crashes every day with partners, including firefighters, emergency medical services, law enforcement, towing and recovery, public works, and safety service patrols. Collectively, these traffic incident responders assist road users in need, applying well-rehearsed procedures to provide emergency traffic control and quickly clear incidents from roadways.
“We work roadside often inches from cars and trucks going by way too fast, sometimes 80 miles per hour or more,” said DPS Commissioner, Colonel Billy Hitchens. “We want drivers throughout Georgia to understand the risks that we take every day and the need for every vehicle passing by any traffic incident to slow down, move over, and stay alert.”
The national event promotes Move Over law awareness for drivers and free National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training for responders:
- We ask all road users to protect those who protect you. When passing an incident scene, motorists are asked to slow down and, if possible, move over into an adjacent lane to provide a protective buffer between responders and motorists.
- Local responders are encouraged to take the free TIM training from FHWA to stay updated on best practices. By the end of year 2023, 700,000 responders will have been trained through free in-person or online instructor-led or online self-paced courses.