New messaging tools provided by the Responder Safety Learning Network are now available for public information officers (PIOs) and public educators to help drivers learn to safely navigate the scene of active traffic incidents.
Each year, distracted drivers hit fire, law enforcement, EMS and other personnel working roadway incident scenes, resulting in preventable deaths and injuries. Though better staging at the scene and improved situational awareness by responders decreases the likelihood of these incidents, it is also important to keep the public mindful of the dangers of distracted driving.
ResponderSafety.com provides resources and information to help PIOs and public educators with this task, including public service announcement videos, a press packet, training modules, a “backgrounder” for leadership, media advisory templates, and many other downloadable resources.
These tools were successfully piloted in Maryland and Pennsylvania, where first responders discussed dangers of distracted driving to people stopping at visitor centers. Through these effective outreach methods, your department can go a long way to lessen the distracted driving problem in your jurisdiction and help everyone go home safely.