Letters: Staying safe on the highway


(1/9/2019)

From: Sgt. Troy Christianson
Minnesota State Patrol

Question: What is your policy on troopers wearing the high-visible safety vests while at a crash scene? Stay safe out there.

Answer: All workers (tow truck drivers, EMS, fire, police, etc.) who are working at a crash scene are required to wear high-visibility garments or approved fire department gear, per the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Federal Highway Administration.

The Minnesota State Patrol policy complies with state and federal regulations. It states that it’s mandatory to wear the high-visibility apparel when employees are involved in activities such as working at crash scenes, directing traffic, investigating crashes, conducting vehicle inspections, working road construction details, handling lane closures or obstructed roadways, and when managing disasters within the right-of-way.

High-visible garments are not mandatory for law enforcement personnel on routine traffic stops or in situations where it would create a greater safety hazard for the officer. An example would be a person with a gun type situation that occurs along the highway.
High-visibility garments are part of a nationwide worker-safety project to reduce deaths and injuries. The high-visibility garment standard has been successful in saving lives and preventing injuries to workers in all occupations who work on our busy highways, streets, roads and parking lots.

Emergency responders are provided training on the importance of wearing safety equipment for our own safety and how to protect a crash scene to keep everyone safe.
You can avoid a ticket — and a crash — if you simply buckle up, drive at safe speeds, pay attention and always drive sober. Help us drive Minnesota toward zero deaths.

 

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