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Highway traffic accidents pose a daily hazard for first responders.

Unfortunately, responders are often killed and injured assisting at accident scenes. In most of these cases, they are injured due to a second accident when other cars and large trucks crash into the accident scene.

Two Firefighters in full gear holding a fire hose and spraying a vehicle that is actively burning on the highway.
Photo by Matt Chesin on Unsplash

Please slow down and be cautious around accident scenes for your safety and the safety of first responders. (Including Tow Trucks!)

These crashes can be avoided if drivers slow down and use caution when approaching an accident scene. This is especially important when the weather has made driving conditions treacherous and visibility has been decreased.

The Montana State law says, motorists approaching an emergency vehicle on roads with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour or greater must change lanes and reduce speed to at least 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit while passing the emergency vehicle.

From Drive Safe Missola - Folks, lets keep our first responders safe. First responders like Drive Safe Missoula partner the Missoula Rural Fire District. These superheros (my son is a MRFD firefighter) mean a lot to our community and we can pay them back by doing our part to keep them safe on our roadways. As Dodd said, "These crashes can be avoided!"

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