Did you know that accidents account for up to 60% of all traffic delays? An accident that takes only 10 minutes to clear can cause delays of up to an hour! While there are many misconceptions that drivers must stay put after any sort of incident this is actually false, illegal, and dangerous! Colorado’s “Move It” Law requires cars involved in minor accidents to immediately move to a safe, out of the way, location.
Responding to an accident stopped in the middle of the highway creates unsafe situations for both the motorists involved, and the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) professionals – including fire, police, ambulance, and towing – that are called to the scene. Together, they work to clear incidents safely and quickly, but they need your help too.
To keep traffic moving as smoothly and safely as possible, follow these steps:
Know your role:
2. Move It!
By the Numbers
While drivers may not usually be confronted with a reason to think about this issue, the numbers are pretty powerful and speak for themselves. Moving It IS the law and ensuring compliance saves time and lives. We understand that even minor accidents can be stressful and the specifics of traffic law isn't always the first thing that comes to mind - but if you ever find yourself in this unlucky situation, please Move It and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
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