Indiana’s Effort • Quick Clearance Working Group • Formed January 2008 • Addressing a prioritized list of Quick Clearance Topics • Multidisciplinary approach • Agency Head buy-in
Indiana’s Effort • In-TIME January 2009 • Multi-agency involvement • Multi-lateral agreements • Policy best practices • Training- multi discipline • Legislative action- • Hold Harmless • Abandoned vehicle • Move it law-
Purpose for IN-TIME • To have traffic incident responders, from all disciplines, follow agreed-upon multi-lateral policies and procedures while being focused on the “Open Roads Philosophy”!
What is the “Open Roads Philosophy? • is having all First Responders, after ensuring their own personal safety and the safety and security of any incident victims, will have as their top priority reducing congestion and the higher risks of secondary incidents for public/motorist safety.
Working Together to make travel in Indiana safer and more efficient! Law Enforcement Fire/EMS Transportation Coroner Insurance Towing Recovery Cleanup
Incidents are classified by expected duration: Minor- less than 30 minutes Intermediate- 30 -90 minutes Major- over 90 minutes
Immunity • Qualified immunity granted to government employees for acts requiring discretion. • Decision to remove (or order removed) a vehicle is one such discretionary decision.
IC 9-22-1-32 Sec. 32. The following are not liable for loss or damage to a vehicle or parts occurring during the removal or storage of a vehicle or parts under this chapter: (1) A person who owns, leases, or occupies property from which an abandoned vehicle or its contents or parts are removed. (2) A public agency. (3) A towing service. (4) An automobile scrap yard. (5) A storage yard. (6) An agent of a person or entity listed in subdivisions (1) through (5). As amended by HEA 1650, effective 7-1-2009
This could happen in your area! Traffic Management
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IN-TIME Guidelines • Safety Benchmarks • First Responder Vehicle Benchmarks • Incident Command Benchmarks • First Responder Lighting Benchmarks • Rush Hour / Inclement Weather Benchmark • Traffic Management Benchmark • Definitions
IN-TIME Meetings • Third Tuesday of each month • TMC/ Indianapolis District 52 • 0900-1030 hours • Each Agency or Assoc has one voting member • However, all are invited • Always a special presentation
1300 BARRICADED SUBJECT D51 Pendleton Post advised that Hamilton Co. is dealing with a barricaded subject on I-69 @ the 5mm, both north and southbound lanes are currently closed. M/Trp. Ed Davis, ISP negotiator, is enroute to offer assistance. Plw • 1351 BARRICADED SUBJECT UPDATE D51 Subject is in custody and interstate has been reopened. plw
ISP Secondary Crash Reduction Policy • As soon as practical following assignment of a crash investigation by Indiana State Police personnel, on scene unit(s) will make an assessment of the potential for a significant traffic back-up and the projected duration of the back-up. • A patrol unit (preferably marked) will be assigned to maintain a position (out of the traveled portion of the roadway, if possible) near the rearmost portion of the back-up.
ISP Secondary Crash Reduction Policy • This unit shall activate all emergency lighting to serve as a warning to approaching motorists of stopped traffic on the roadway ahead. • This unit will move forwards and backwards, as the back-up dictates, to maintain approximately a 200 to 300 yard distance behind the rearmost vehicle.
ISP Secondary Crash Reduction Policy • The overall objective of this policy is to provide a rolling warning to motorists approaching a traffic back-up that less than normal driving conditions lay just ahead. • Nothing we do as Law Enforcement Officers is more important than the preservation of life for those living in and/or traveling through our state..
What can WE do? • Move commercial vehicles or trailers out of travel lanes for recovery after peak traffic times • Hold Harmless Law
Blok-Buster Activation 8-21-07 WB 512 to SB I-5 Cargo: 38,000 lbs Empty Wine Bottles Bill’s and Gene’s Towing (Partnership) (Structural integrity of trailer compromised, load had to be unloaded manually) Start of incident to all lanes open = 2 hrs, 13 min Recovery time (all lanes open): 37 minutes Unload trailer: 4 ½ hours Total incident time: 7 hrs, 9 min Estimated Lane Blockage time saved: 4.5 to 5 hours
Blok-Buster Activation 8-21-07 WB 512 to SB I-5 Two 50 ton S1 Rotators were able To relocate the wreckage off the roadway In 37 minutes
Appropriate responses • Avoid Under responding • Avoid Over responding
First Responder Lighting • The use of First Responder vehicle lighting is essential especially in the initial stages of an incident. However, drivers may become confused or distracted by excessive amounts of flashing lights.
What can WE do? • Establish Unified Incident Command • Don’t remove vehicles or debris that is off the travel portion of the roadway until after peak traffic times and/or after inclement weather has subsided • Only call for a Crash Reconstructionist when needed • Speed up crash investigations with technology • Photogrammetry