Traffic Safety Initiatives: Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

Traffic Incident Management (TIM) is the planned and coordinated multidisciplinary process used to detect, respond, and clear traffic incidents as quickly as possible while protecting the safety of on-scene responders and the traveling public. An incident is defined as “any non-recurring event that causes a reduction in roadway capacity.”1 Such events include, but are not limited to, traffic crashes, debris in the roadway, disabled vehicles, spilled cargo, floods, and other unplanned natural or man-made events. Safe, quick clearance of the roadways following traffic incidents is necessary to restore traffic flow to pre-incident levels as safely and quickly as possible.