A Visit to THP's Traffic Incident Management Training Facility

Captain Bighem and Brian Ursino at THP Academy - September 2015             
While in Nashville attending the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Conference, AAMVA Director of Law Enforcement Brian Ursino visited the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Academy to check out their Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training facility. This one-of-a-kind facility was built in partnership between THP and Tennessee DOT, and includes a four lane road, a two lane road and an intersection. It also provides other environmental factors first responders may encounter at the scene of a crash including cable barriers, guardrails, construction zone apparatus, and more. Crashed cars, and a forklift on-site to stage various crash scenarios, are used to conduct TIM training for law enforcement, fire department/EMS, tow operators, DOT personnel and other responders. The goal of TIM is to employ a planned and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. (To learn more, watch the Tennessee DOT video, "Nation's First Traffic Incident Management Training Facility.")

By Brian Ursino, Director of Law Enforcement, AAMVA


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