Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tell us your incident response stories

By Mike Allende

Many of us have been there at some point. Stranded on the road after a collision, or maybe because of a flat tire. Maybe you thought you had enough gas in your tank to make it, only to find out, well, you didn't.
Our Incident Response Team does everything from helping out at collisions
to assistant stranded drivers with some gas, a push or a tire change.

It can be a scary situation to find yourself stuck with traffic whizzing by. Fortunately, between our Incident Response Team and our maintenance crews, we have people available to help. Recently we've gotten emails from drivers letting us know they were helped out of stressful situations when our crews changed a tire, jump start a vehicle or simply provided some calming words and traffic control to help the person off the highway.

April is Work Zone Safety Awareness month, when we put extra effort into letting the public know what they can do to help keep all road workers safe. We have a lot planned, but we also want to hear from you.
Providing traffic control is one of the ways our Incident Response Team helps
create a safe environment on the highways for drivers and road crews.

Have you been helped out by a member of our IRT or maintenance crew? We want to hear your stories. What was the situation? What did they do?

If you have something to share, please email allendm@wsdot.wa.gov. Help us work toward making the highways as safe as possible for all road workers.