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Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW)
November 14-18, 2022

Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) takes place November 14 – 18 , 2022. This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored initiative communicates the simple steps everyone can take in keeping our roadway responders and the public safe around traffic incidents.

Every minute of every day, law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services, public works, transportation, towing, and other responders work roadside to make roadways safe for all road users. Unfortunately, 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) training for all traffic incident responders.

FHWA has established, in cooperation with the broader TIM community, a Campaign Toolkit with strategic CRSW outreach themes. The Toolkit is refreshed in August to focus on the year’s theme The FHWA encourage 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 together with a common voice, all using the same hashtag #CRSW.

Review the following resources learn more about how your State, local agency, or national association can help promote CRSW:

Crash Responder Safety Week National Committee Members

The following associations serve on the Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) National Committee, led by FHWA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AASHTO
  • American Public Works Association, APWA
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police, IACP
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs, IAFC
  • International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers, ITE
  • National Association of State EMS Officials, NASEMSO
  • National EMS Management Association, NEMSMA
  • National Sheriffs’ Association, NSA
  • National Volunteer Fire Council, NVFC
  • Towing and Recovery Association of America, TRAA

CRSW: New and Improved Name

For more than five years, Traffic Incident Management (TIM) responders and organizations have become familiar with National Traffic Incident Responders Awareness Week (NTIRAW). As a keystone event each year, NTIRAW has given TIM supporters a unique opportunity to share key road safety messages to responders and public audiences. Over these years, participating member organizations noted that while the mission of NTIRAW is critical, the name has not been the most effective in helping the TIM communities achieve that mission.

The new name, Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW), introduced in 2021, retains the essential meaning of NTIRAW, while giving supporters a name that is easier to use, easier to remember, and more engaging for audiences that are being introduced to TIM. The new name better supports the goals of this campaign: to save the lives of traffic incident responders and road users.