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WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia is committed to efficient traffic incident response and management, which reduces the duration and impacts of traffic crashes and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims, and emergency responders; and
WHEREAS, National Crash Responder Safety Week provides an opportunity for the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services, and emergency responders to share coordinated information regarding traffic incident management and education efforts; and
WHEREAS, emergency responders are working at or near traffic crashes tirelessly, often within inches of motorists travelling at highway speeds; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth supports the promotion of safer crash scenes that protect all emergency responders, including state and local law enforcement, career and volunteer fire and rescue services, transportation agencies, local departments of public works, towing and recovery operators, state and local emergency management, hazmat material responders, medical examiners, and other state agency partners; and
WHEREAS, motorists are urged to reduce speed, move over, and use caution when approaching crash scenes, and/or when they see flashing blue, red, and amber emergency vehicle lighting; and
WHEREAS, National Crash Responder Safety Week serves as a reminder of the critical importance of planned and coordinated efforts to detect, respond to, and clear traffic crashes so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize November 7-13, 2021, as NATIONAL CRASH RESPONDER SAFETY WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.