LET'S WORK TOGETHER!: FORMING TRANSPORTATION-PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERSHIPS

New technologies are being deployed that enable transportation and public safety agencies to communicate and share information with each other. This document, from a set of conference proceedings on Intersection Safety: Achieving Solutions Through Partnerships (March 2004, Irvine, California), describes techniques by which these agencies can work proactively to establish better relationships and more efficient services. From the transportation side, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) encompass a broad range of information processing, communications, automated control and electronics technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of the transportation system. The information that these systems provide can be extremely valuable to public safety agencies. The authors use as one example the fact that many of today's traffic management systems include surveillance of the roadways via closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras. Sharing the camera images and control with public safety agencies allows them to better tailor their response, thus saving valuable time. On the other hand, public safety agencies are utilizing computer-aided dispatch (CAD) to enhance operations. In a freeway incident scenario for example, select information populated by the CAD system can be shared with transportation agencies to enable improved management of traffic. The authors outline strategies that can be used to establish and maintain transportation-public safety partnerships, including tackling turf issues, starting small, identifying leaders, involving everyone, building public-public and public-private partnerships, thinking regionally, and planning and budgeting for the future. The authors describe one case study, the TIME (Traffic Incident Management Enhancement) Program in southeastern Wisconsin.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 6p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00988935
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0935403825
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 2005 12:00AM