TIM INITIATIVES

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

Effective traffic incident management is vital to the successful operation of modern highway systems in the state of Nevada. By working towards an enhanced level of interagency coordination, collaboration and communication through the activities surrounding an active coalition of traffic incident management stakeholders there is a proven difference in roadway clearance times, enhancing safety and decreasing the number of crashes, even fatalities.

City and county boundaries are not contained by traffic, congestion knows no boundaries. As such, efficient performance of traffic incident management practices has increased in complexity, requiring technology and a well-planned, coordinated, multi-disciplinary response.

Traffic Incident Management activities involve:

  1. Quick detection of highway incidents through video detection, loops or 911.
  2. Verification of highway crashes (CCTV Cameras, monitors, etc.).
  3. Timely response to the crash or incident by a plethora of incident responders including city, county and state: law enforcement, fire & recovery, public works, engineers, maintenance, private ambulance, EMT, towing companies, freeway service patrol among others.
  4. Efficient methods for clearing incidents quickly (incentive towing programs, legislative measures that support authority removal and move-it laws allowing vehicles involved in non-injury crashes to move out of travel lanes).
  5. Restoration of traffic flow back to its pre-incident capacity as quickly as possible.
  6. TIM performance measures to be implemented throughout the state of Nevada so that the benefits of safe, quick clearance can be demonstrated.
  7. Timely and accurate information delivered to the traveling public through a variety of communications avenues like media, public information officers, PSAs, internet, real time travel time delivery mechanisms (i.e., smart phones), social media and other tools including NDOT 511 program.

Nevada Legislative Initiatives Supporting Traffic Incident Management:

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Nevada initiatives underway or planned in the near future