Updated: November 3, 2023
Crash Responder Safety Week is an annual event that will be observed from November 13-17, 2023, to honor the invaluable contributions of responders who put their lives on the line daily to assist drivers on the road. Unfortunately, many of these individuals become victims of crashes themselves due to the negligence, distraction, and impatience of other drivers. This results in severe injuries and fatalities, which is a matter of great concern.
We urge everyone to participate in raising awareness about the dangers faced by these brave individuals who stop to help fellow travelers. The theme for 2023 is “Protect Those Who Protect You,” which emphasizes the role of the traveling public in keeping responders safe even as they help make roadways safer for all road users. Let us all work together to ensure that these heroes are protected while performing their duties.
The Greater Mercer TMA Staff are proud to be part of this important movement for roadway responders who put their lives on the line every day when they respond to crashes and other incidents on our roadways. Follow and share GMTMA’s posts on social media throughout the week to raise awareness.
Did you know all 50 states in the US have enacted the “Move Over” laws? Unfortunately, very few Americans know this law exists. That is why it is important to highlight this law to help reduce the statistics and encourage safer driving practices. Fines for violations of the “Move Over” law vary from State to State but can be as high as $500, with 2+ points on your license, and in some States, violation of the law is punishable by jail time as well.
It’s important to remember that when you’re on the road, you need to keep your distance from responders who are helping people in need. If you see an incident, don’t get too close—it’s just not safe for anyone involved! When you see responders on the road, first slow down and make sure it is safe to move over. If merging to another lane is not a safe option, you must slow down well below the speed limit to pass the scene as safely as possible.
Here at Greater Mercer TMA, we believe that everyone has a role to play in making sure roadway responders are kept safe behind the wheel so that they can respond quickly, safely, and effectively when you need them most.
We hope you’ll join us in this important initiative and help keep these hardworking men and women in your thoughts during CRSW!
Check out this 30-second YouTube video that requests drivers to slow down and move over, citing the law and the life-ending impact on a police officer, here.