2021 3rd Quarter Newsletter

What a year 2021 has been so far. We are extremely grateful of everyone’s hard work and dedication to facilitate safe and fast roadway clearance. More recently, thank you to those who assisted with the implementation of the Executive Briefing and quickly adapted the event to be fully virtual, as well as everyone who attended and had a part in it. 
As we head into our last quarter of 2021, we want to encourage you to stay engaged in TIM team meetings with your local chapter, promote the Opens Road Policy, and continue building partnerships to further the mission and longevity of TIME. Thank you, again, and remember – each of you are making a difference in and having a positive impact on the lives of Georgia motorists every day. 

~ Captain Ritchie Howard & Jason Josey
Co-chairs of the TIME Task Force Board of Directors
TIME Task Force Hosted a Successful Executive Briefing Virtual Event Held September 1st, 2021
The Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force was honored to host the Executive Briefing Virtual Event on Sept. 1, 2021.

The event brought together various elected officials as well as transportation, public safety, towing and recovery, business and transit leaders from around the state, and highlighted the importance of effective traffic incident management for safety mobility, economic viability and quality of life in Georgia.
Video of the 2021 TIME Task Force Executive Briefing Virtual Event
Sneak Peak: Behind the Scenes at the Virtual Executive Briefing Event
Thank you to our technical team that made the event a success! Members names appearing from right to left, second row to first row: Briana Khan, Ray Herman, Pete Harrison, John Kessler, Chidi Kalu, Keon Boozarjomehri, Amanda Tullis, and Ruth Warrington Lee.
Update on Georgia’s TIM (Traffic Incident Management) Teams
The TIME Task Force is pleased to report that local TIM teams are springing up throughout the state with some of the newest having been created in Valdosta (Lowndes County), Greene and Taliaferro Counties, Franklin County, and Glynn County.

Georgia currently boasts 15 active regional TIM teams, and 26 local TIM teams representing a total of 29 different counties. Find a local TIM Team near you.
Online Training Opportunities
Did you know that over 100 First Responders are struck and killed at incident sites?

For a quick summary on the Move Over Law, check out Move Over Law Training!

It’s located in the Learning Management System contact us at tim_training@dot.ga.gov to get enrolled and started working on your certifications and trainings today!
Upcoming Events & Trainings
GDOT Quarterly Highlight: CHAMP Program
In a time of unknowns, one thing is sure: Georgia DOT’s Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program (CHAMP) is there for you. Over the past year, CHAMP’s 70 Operators and five Supervisors conducted more than 388,000 stops, which included tagging abandoned vehicles, handling motorist assists, providing traffic control for crashes, reporting or repairing maintenance issues, and picking up shoulder and travel lane debris. These impressive efforts continued as usual during the pandemic with additional precautions for COVID-19 safety.
CHAMP continues sharpening their skills with routine trainings including handling chainsaws, Rural Traffic Incident Management, Railroad Safety, Stress Management, and more. CHAMP patrols 6:00am to 10:30pm, 365 days a year, and responds to after-hours crashes and major incidents on the interstate.”
Livestock Emergency Response Training
The McDuffie County LERP was a success. The classroom training was held at the historic Train Depot in Thomson, Georgia with 32 attendees. Presenters were Jason Duggan, UGA Extension, Courtney Wilson, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Kendall Brown, Macon Bibb Fire and Ray King, Atkins Global.

Our next LERP training will be held in Monroe County on October 21. Please visit the Time Task Force Calendar for registration.
New Agencies Commit to Safety
The following agencies made a commitment to safety and quick clearance by signing the Open Roads Policy:

  • Boston Police Department
  • Cordele Police Department
  • Crisp County Fire Rescue
  • Office of Fleet Services- City of Atlanta
  • Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services
  • Treutlen County Sheriff's Department

A warm welcome to the Georgia TIME Task Force!!!
Address: 515 Plasters Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30324