Paul Wai of the Florida Turnpike Enterprise and Chief Jim Lee
of the Florida Highway Patrol speak to visiting attendees.
The Florida Highway Patrol and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) hosted members of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) for a Rapid Incident Scene Clearance (RISC) exercise incorporating the use of heavy towing equipment and technology to upright an overturned tractor-trailer and clear the incident scene. The demonstration took place in the parking lot of the Troop K station in Orlando.
Representatives from the Turnpike, Florida Highway Patrol, Orange County Fire-Rescue and the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida conducted the exercise - a successful example of intergovernmental agency cooperation - to restore traffic flow following a serious roadway incident. The demonstration sought to follow the 90-minute timeframe established in the Open Roads Policy as the goal for incident clearance and resumption of roadway traffic.
Pictured: A semi on its side in a simulated roll-over
crash with a tow truck moving into place to pick it up
The RISC demonstration was coordinated with Lap Hoang, FDOT’s State Traffic Operations Engineer. "The Florida Department of Transportation is pleased that the AASHTO conference (held in Orlando in September) afforded us the opportunity to share with transportation executives from across the country the best practices and lessons learned implementing the highly successful RISC program on Florida’s Turnpike," said Hoang. "Placing a priority on clearing our highways safely and quickly provides numerous benefits to all Florida residents and visitors alike."
Pictured: An overturned semi up-righted
The Turnpike's innovative RISC program, the first such program in the nation, has reduced serious incident duration times by an average of 29 minutes, a decrease of almost 20 percent since 2004.
The demonstration was a success and showcased the cooperative efforts of Florida Highway Patrol, Orange County Fire Department, Florida Turnpike, FDOT, Motor Carrier Compliance, and the RISC contractor Johnsons Wrecker Service.