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Depending on the time of day and location, incidents create 55-60% of the congestion on highways in Nevada.
Identifying the severity and location of a crash can significantly shorten the response and clearance times, it may even save lives.
An accident that occurs as a result of congestion or distraction from a prior crash is referred to as a secondary accident.
Exact figures on the number of secondary accidents are difficult to calculate. Preliminary results of a study by UNLV indicate that as many as 22% of all incidents in the Las Vegas region are the result of an earlier crash.
Secondary crashes can potentially be more serious than the original crash as motorists become impatient and distracted with their driving. National studies show that as many as 18% of secondary crashes result in a fatality.
Every minute a crash remains in traffic

Welcome to TIM

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is a planned and coordinated process by various public agencies and private sector partners to detect, respond to, and remove traffic incidents to restore traffic capacity as safely and quickly as possible.

Who we are

Nevada TIM Coalition provides a forum for discussions, incident debriefings, state and regional policies and procedures in order to enhance coordinated response time for safe, quick removal of incidents from the roadway. TIM meetings are open to TIM Coalition members.

There are TIM Coalition(s) in Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada and rural TIM coalitions (newly formed) in Winnemucca, Elko, Ely and Tonopah. If you are an incident responder, a member of any of the following types of agencies, please contact us:

  • Nevada Department of Transportation
  • State of Nevada Department of Public Safety
  • Law Enforcement (City and County)
  • Fire and Rescue (City, County and Volunteer)
  • Local Ambulance Agencies
  • Local Emergency Management Offices / Services
  • Public Works (City, County and Native American)
  • Environmental Agencies, Hazardous Materials Responders (private and public)
  • Towing and Recovery
  • Federal Highway, Homeland Security and Federal Transit Administration
  • Media and Agency Pubic Information Officers

Involvement from all levels of personnel is crucial to building and maintaining a strong TIM program in Nevada.

What we do

Our TIM Coalitions meet bimonthly to continue to foster multi-disciplinary collaboration to work to enhance the TIM program through better communication, safe and quick clearance initiatives, and improved responder safety.

The TIM program also continues to reach out to TIM stakeholders throughout the state to encourage increased participation and adoption of TIM principles and procedures. This outreach includes National SHRP2 Traffic Incident Management training sessions as well as specialized training related to the different TIM disciplines. The Coalition also conducts public outreach related to TIM and promotes responder safety legislation such as the Move-It and Move-Over laws.

The TIM Coalition also continues to develop and update Open Road Policies (ORPs), which formalize the goal of using effective traffic incident management to open the roadway safely and quickly to restore traffic flow. These policies are endorsed by various partner agencies throughout the state of Nevada. ORPs are in various stages of development in each of the six TIM Coalitions (northern, southern, Winnemucca, Elko, Ely and Tonopah).

Other TIM Coalition tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Updating documents and guidelines that support safe, quick clearance such as the Statewide Joint Operations Policy Statement (JOPS) Agreement between the Department of Public Safety and the Nevada Department of Transportation.
  • Continuing to develop Traffic Incident Management best practices, policies and procedures.
  • Ensuring that TIM stakeholders are educated about TIM and/or responder safety-related legislation.
  • Collecting data and developing performance measures.
  • Researching and supporting opportunities for enhanced interoperable / interagency communication.
  • Ongoing hands on multiagency, multidisciplinary TIM training throughout the state, not limited to Nevada SHRP2 TIM training

The TIM Coalition is an evolving entity and takes on new tasks and challenges based on needs assessment and feedback from participants.

Our Mission

The Statewide Nevada TIM Coalition(s) primary mission is to coordinate and sustain an effective multi-agency, multi-disciplinary, and multi-jurisdictional TIM program that improves safety for first responders, incident victims, and users of the highway system while reducing traveler delay. This includes ongoing multiagency training.

Our Vision

To identify and solve traffic and safety issues related to improving all aspects of traffic incident management by facilitating cooperation, coordination and improved communications with statewide and local TIM stakeholders.

Program Objectives

  1. Improved Safety for Responders and Motorists
  2. Safe, Quick Incident Clearance
  3. Improved Communications

Background on Nevada TIM

Traffic Incident Management in Nevada is a partnership between the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), fire, EMS, police, environmental agencies, the towing and recovery industry, and the media. These partners have formed multi-disciplinary TIM coalitions to facilitate the planned and coordinated process to detect, respond, and clear traffic incidents so traffic flow may be restored as safely and as quickly as possible.

The Southern Nevada TIM Coalition was the first in Nevada, formed in January 2008. The Southern TIM Coalition now includes hundreds of trained responders from a variety of agencies and disciplines in the region who meet bimonthly to implement safe, quick clearance policies that support coordinated and cohesive management of traffic during a crash. This coalition executed an Open Roads Agreement in 2009.

The Northern Nevada TIM Coalition was established in 2011 and has also grown into a successful partnership among hundreds of trained multiagency, multidiscipline responders. This coalition meets bimonthly to continue to improve TIM in the region.

Rural TIM Coalitions have been established in Elko, Ely, Tonophah, and Winnemucca have been established to meet the specific traffic incident management concerns of rural areas.