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Driver Safety · Programs & Partnerships

The WSP maintains several programs and external partnerships to improve public safety on the highway and in the community

Assistance Patrol / Incident Response - AP/IR

In partnership with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Washington State Patrol has assigned Trooper Cadets to motorist assistance duties in King and Pierce counties.

The Assistance Patrol works with WSDOT Incident Response personnel in Seattle on I-5 and in Tacoma on SR-16. The cadets provide help to the motoring public when a trooper would otherwise be unavailable. They assist disabled motorists, remove roadway debris, assist with collisions and respond to a wide variety of other calls for service.

For additional information, see the WSDOT Incident Response site or contact:

Operation Lifesaver

The Washington State Patrol is an executive member of Washington Operation Lifesaver (OL), a public-private partnership dedicated to reducing fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and elsewhere along railroad rights-of-way.

Operation Lifesaver - Link LogoHundreds of people are killed and thousands more are seriously injured each year in the United States at highway-rail crossings and along railroad tracks. Many people are unaware that trains cannot stop quick enough to avoid collisions. Others take chances by ignoring warning signs and signals, going around lowered gates, stopping on tracks, or simply not paying attention when approaching railroad crossings.

Operation Lifesaver educates the public about highway-rail grade crossing safety and the dangers associated with trespassing on railroad property. OL gets involved with engineering projects to improve public safety, and works with the law enforcement community in an effort to reduce grade crossing and trespass incidents.

For additional information, see the Operation Lifesaver web site.

Civil Disturbance Action Team PhotoRapid Deployment Force - RDF

The WSP Rapid Deployment Force Team is comprised of five regional teams located in Tacoma, Bellevue, Spokane, Marysville, and Bremerton. RDF provides all hazards response capability for civil disturbances, demonstrations, crowd control, critical infrastructure protection, and other situations to restore law and order as well as to protect life and property.

For additional information about the RDF program contact:

Target Zero

Target ZeroTarget Zero is the state’s strategic highway safety plan, and calls for reducing highway deaths to zero by the year 2030.

Enforcement is one of four equal strategies of Target Zero, along with engineering, education and emergency medical service. Enforcement is the responsibility of police agencies at all levels.

For additional information, see Target Zero.

Traffic Incident Management

Another partnership aimed at reducing freeway congestion is the Traffic Incident Management (TIM) program. TIM is based on a partnership involving the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the local fire departments throughout the state.

Traffic Incident Management logoIn July of 2002 the WSP, WSDOT and Washington Association of Fire Chiefs (WSAFC) proposed a plan to improve the management and expeditious clearing of highway incidents. This is done through pre-incident training and improved on-scene partnerships and management.

Since that time representatives from WSP, WSDOT and the fire service have teamed up to provide TIM training to emergency responders statewide.

For additional information, see the TIM Web site.

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