About Traffic Incident Management (TIM)
Traffic Incident Management (TIM) consists of a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims, and emergency responders.
The TIM Committee
The Portage County TIM Committee is a collection of the County's highway incident responders, dedicated to the principles of:
- Responder and Public Safety at Highway Incidents
- Safe, Quick Clearance of Highway Incidents
- Prompt, Reliable, Interoperable Communications
The TIM Committee represents all aspects of highway emergency response activities. Membership includes:
- Portage County Sheriff's Office
- Portage County Ambulance Service
- Portage County Highway Department
- Stevens Point Police Department
- Plover Police Department
- Stevens Point Fire Department
- Plover Fire Department
- Amherst Fire Department
- Wisconsin Department of Transportation
- Portage County Risk Management
- B & R Adams Towing
It is called the Move Over Law (2001 WI Act 15, WI Statute 346.072) and the concept is simple. If a motorist sees a vehicle on the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing (red, blue and amber), the motorist is required to move out of the lane closest to the vehicle if possible. If a safe lane change is not possible, or the motorist is traveling on a two-lane roadway, they are required to slow their vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for traffic conditions, and drive at a reduced speed until completely past the vehicle.
Wisconsin statutes, often referred to as “Steer It, Clear It,” instructs drivers - if there are no injuries and the vehicles can be driven - to move their vehicles to a safe location and then exchange information or contact the police. The Steer It, Clear It Law (1997 WI Act 258, WI Statutes 346.67-68 and 349.13): (1) Requires motorists involved in crashes - if the vehicle is able to be driven and no one is injured in the crash - to move the vehicle to a location where it will obstruct traffic as little as possible. (2) Permits law enforcement and other response agencies to quickly remove vehicles, crash debris and spilled materials. (3) Grants immunity from civil damages to any person who, at the direction of law enforcement, removes or stores a disabled vehicle, crash debris or other obstruction. Civil damages may still be incurred for failure to exercise reasonable care in these efforts or for conduct that is willful, reckless or malicious.
The Committee is open to membership from any organization who has an interest in TIM. Meetings are on the first Tuesday of the third month of each quarter. They are from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, and meets at the Portage County Sheriff's Office training room. The TIM Committee meets right before the quarterly meeting of the Traffic Safety Commission.
WisDOT’s Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines were established to provide incident responders within the state of Wisconsin a uniform approach to emergency traffic control and scene management. Having a uniform approach will help provide the safest possible work environment for all incident responders, minimize the risk for secondary crashes and aidin clearing an incident in a quick and effective manner. This training is recommended for ALL incident responders, including law enforcement, fire, EMS, emergency dispatchers, highway department, department of public works, medical examiners / coroners and towing and recovery personnel. There is no cost for this training. Upon completion of the course, attendees will be provided with a certificate of completion.
The TIM Committee is always looking for opportunities to deliver TIM responder training to organizations interested in receiving the basic TIM course, or doing a refresher. If you are interested, have questions, or want to schedule some training, please contact WisDOT at email@example.com.
Wisconsin's TIME Program can be accessed here.
The Federal Highway Administration's TIM Program can be accessed here.
Wisconsin's Emergency Traffic Control and Scene Management Guidelines were established to provide incident responders within the state of Wisconsin a uniform approach to emergency traffic control and scene management.
Contact Us/More Information
For more information, contact the Sheriff's Office at (715) 346-1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.