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Halikowski: Traffic incident management requires cooperation from everyone, all-year round Arizona Department of Transportation officials film a traffic incident management training video. [Courtesy of ADOT] You may have seen this message on our digital message boards statewide: “Fender Bender? Save your rear, Quickly clear.” It was a reminder to move your vehicle safely onto a shoulder or exit and stay out of travel lanes if i loved this involved in a minor crash. This message was part of the national effort to bring attention to the importance of traffic incident management. The ultimate goal is to keep everyone safe — law enforcement, tow truck operators, fire and emergency personnel, ADOT crew members and the traveling public — when responding to crashes on our roadways. Emergency responders train year after year in handling crash scenes. Even with the inability to train in-person this year due to COVID-19, our ADOT crews participated with others in a virtual training session that highlighted TIM techniques through the use of videos and staged demonstrations. If you are interested in what our crews learned, you the watch embedded video that depicts TIM techniques in action. Drivers can also do their part by practicing what we call “quick clearance.” If a driver is involved in a minor crash without injuries, state law requires them to move their vehicle from the roadway if it is operable and can be moved safely. You don’t have to wait for law enforcement to arrive before moving your vehicle out of the way as long as there are no injuries. State law also requires drivers to “move over” one travel lane, if safe to do so, or slow down when approaching personnel on the side of the road with flashing lights.

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No, not the Christmas tree kind: the freeway kind. Every year, the 405 Freeway’s bumper-to-bumper traffic on Thanksgiving eve becomes a symbol of America’s holiday travel mayhem. Headlights and taillights snake across the asphalt and disappear beyond the horizon. News helicopters hover overhead and photographers perch on overpasses to capture the familiar glow of city folks en route to Grandma’s house, or returning from whence they came. This year, the freeway may look a little different: State officials are pleading with people to stay home and avoid holiday travel amid an alarming surge of cases of COVID-19. Los Angeles County is also set to tighten restrictions Wednesday with a new ban on outdoor dining, and may soon implement additional “safer-at-home” measures. All of that adds up to a predicted 13.5% drop in Thanksgiving trips across the region, according to the Auto Club of Southern California, the largest year-over-year drop since 2008. But after decades of bemoaning that infernal traffic jam — of news outlets across the country pointing to it as an insane , hellish nightmare that further exemplifies why no one would ever want to live in L.A. — might we actually…miss it? Hear us out.

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