Pa. safety, transportation agencies launch effort to protect highway responders

Five commonwealth agencies Wednesday formalized an interagency agreement which officially launches the Pennsylvania Traffic Incident Management Enhancement program (“PennTIME”).

The goal of PennTIME is to reduce highway incident clearance times and improve first-responder safety while keeping traffic moving.

“Traffic crashes and ‘struck-by’ incidents are leading causes of injury and death for highway workers, police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and towing and recovery workers,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards. “Reducing incident clearance times on our roadways will improve responder safety while also keeping traffic moving and travelers safe.”

The interagency agreement was signed by five commonwealth agencies which make up part of the executive panel of the PennTIME consortium: PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.