Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) takes place November 13 –17, 2023. This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA )-sponsored initiative communicates the simple steps everyone can take to keep roadway responders and the public safe around traffic incidents.
Every minute of every day, law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services (EMS), public works, transportation, towing, and other responders work roadside to make roadways safe for all road users. These traffic incident responders put their lives at risk when clearing each of the nearly 7 million annual motor vehicle crashes or the broader range of incidents such as stalled vehicles or roadway debris.
CRSW is an opportunity to promote road user awareness and adherence to Move Over laws and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training for all traffic incident responders. FHWA has established, in cooperation with the CRSW National Committee, a Campaign Toolkit with strategic CRSW outreach themes. FHWA encourages national, State, and local organizations to amplify the visibility and message of this important week by using the Campaign Toolkit calendar to align your promotion, press outreach, and social media engagement with others across the country. By following the calendar, supporters can speak with a common voice, all using the same hashtag, #CRSW.
The theme for CRSW 2023 is “Protect Those Who Protect You,” emphasizing the traveling public’s role in keeping responders safe while responders make roadways safe for all road users. The following are common strategies executed by State and local agencies to commemorate CRSW:
- Social media campaigns across multiple platforms