San Antonio Chamber hosts Traffic Incident Management task force session

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a task force session to get an update on the Traffic Incident Management Project. 

Nine fatalities occurred due to disabled vehicles on freeways in the area during the first six months of 2016.   File photo

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a task force session to get an update on the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Project. 

The task force is responsible for thinking of ways to improve safety and efficiency of traffic incident response. It aims to achieve this through coordination and cooperation between transportation, law enforcement and emergency response agencies, as well as the private sector, according to the information contained in the press release.

Ten San Antonio area freeways see an average of more than 200,000 vehicles per day, according to results found in the study the release. Incidents cited include air quality, personal safety and mobility of people and goods in the region. 

The San Antonio Incident Management Project plays a role in clearing the roads from debris and other hazards and they aim to minimize their response time to such incidents. This ensures safety for the public and first responders on the scene. 

The study took place in April 2016 and its recommendations included creating a program to quickly move stalled/crashed vehicles off freeways/thoroughfares, provide a safe environment for transporting people/goods, communicate and coordinate activities faster and maintain a maximum capacity for traffic and balancing safety as required for the specific incident. 

Three of the six recommendations that were made during the presentation will also be presented to the Alamo Area MPO for financial support for implementation, according to the press release. Those include towing, crash response and safety service patrol. 

Nine fatalities occurred due to disabled vehicles on freeways in the area during the first six months of 2016, according to the study data. The study also revealed that San Antonio is the only major city in Texas without a safety support patrol.

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