Improving Traffic Incident Scene Management

Traffic incidents--crashes, disabled vehicles, and debris on the road--cause roughly half of nonrecurring congestion and are the most important factor affecting travel time reliability. In very heavily traveled major metropolitan areas, such as the Los Angeles region, the number of incidents that occur daily can exceed 1000. Incidents impose a variety of significant economic costs to road users including medical, travel time, and vehicle operating costs. In addition, incidents negatively impact businesses that depend on timely deliveries. The objective of this project was to establish the foundation for certifying the capability of responders to achieve the National Unified Goal for Traffic Incident Management: responder safety; safe, quick clearance; and prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. Most important is for responders to acquire a common set of core competencies that promote a shared understanding of the requirements for achieving the safety of responders and motorists, quick response, and effective communications at traffic incident scenes. Types of responders include police, fire, emergency management, emergency medical services, private sector responders such as towers and hazmat responders, and operations and maintenance personnel from transportation agencies.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project L12

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Strategic Highway Research Program 2

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    van Saan, Hans

    Murthy, Gummada

  • Performing Organizations:


    8301 Greensboro Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Owens, Nicholas

  • Start Date: 20080319
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18287

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464434
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project L12
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:42PM