Across the country every year, hundreds of emergency responders representing fire, law enforcement, emergency medical services, towing and transportation agencies are struck and either injured or killed while responding to incidents on the roadway. In order to better educate the public and save motorists and responders lives, KC Scout, the Kansas Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri and Kansas Highway Patrols are celebrating Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week Nov. 10 to 16.
Last year, KC Scout responded to more than 34,000 incidents on metro area roadways.
"Each time, these incident responders were putting their safety on the line to clear the incident and return traffic to normal as quickly as possible," states a release.
In the past 15 years, MoDOT’s Kansas City district had two emergency response employees struck and killed while working incidents on the road. Since 2010, KDOT’s motorist assist vehicles have been struck 10 times while assisting motorists in the Kansas City metro.
"In an average year, the tow truck industry loses a driver every week while responding to an incident. Traffic incidents are the number one case of death for police officers and EMS/EMT responders nationwide," states the release.
For more information about MoDOT news, projects or events, visit www.modot.mo.gov/kansascity.