Public Education

Resources to help educate the general public about Slow Down Move Over laws, protecting emergency responders, and how to react to emergency vehicles at roadway incidents.

"It's No Picnic Out Here" PSA

This video is a 30 second public service announcement reminding the public that responders are doing hard and dangerous work to keep roads safer and that they should slow down and give responders room to work safely. The format available here is WMV for PC. For other versions, including QuickTime for Mac, please visit the "It's No Picnic Out Here" PSA page: http://www.respondersafety.com/NoPicnic.aspx

Upload Date: 12/21/2012


"Move It" PSA

The US Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are addressing the problem of secondary accidents and congestion on the highways caused by minor accidents. This PSA produced by Stonehouse Media Incorporated® for the CVVFA/Emergency Responder Safety Institute with funding from the Federal Highway Administration teaches drivers to stay in their vehicles and move their car off the road to safety if no one is seriously injured and your car is drivable. "Move it"

Upload Date: 11/15/2016


"Slow Down Move Over" PSA

This video is a 30 second public service announcement encouraging the public to slow down and move over when they see responders working on the roadway. The format available here is WMV for PC. For other versions, including QuickTime for Mac, please visit the "Slow Down Move Over" PSA page: http://www.respondersafety.com/SDMO.aspx

Upload Date: 12/21/2012


“Don’t Be A ‘D’ Driver” Handout

This “Don’t Be a ‘D’ Driver” public education handout [LINK] from the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute explains how to prevent distracted driving and what to do when approaching an emergency scene on the roadway to protect responder and motorist lives.

Upload Date: 2/22/2022


10 Tips Move Over Resource

10 Practical Tips for Responding and Operating on Roadway and Highway Incidents.

Upload Date: 1/13/2020



Distracted Driving Awareness Poster

A poster of safe driving and anti-distracted driving messages for public education.

Upload Date: 4/4/2022


In Our Boots PSA: Generic 2021 Stats

Description: Thirty-second slow down, move over PSA showing what it’s like to operate on the roadway next to high speed traffic, highlighting emergency responder struck-by LODD statistics in 2021 combined with slow down move over and anti-distracted driving messages.

Upload Date: 3/4/2022


In Our Boots PSA: Mike Cox

One-minute slow down, move over PSA featuring Mike Cox, a firefighter who survived being struck in the 1998 Pennsylvania Turnpike Incident involving the Lionville Fire Department.

Upload Date: 2/23/2022


In Our Boots PSA: Steve Senn

Description: One-minute slow down, move over PSA featuring Steve Senn, an assistant fire chief who survived being struck in the 1998 Pennsylvania Turnpike Incident involving the Lionville Fire Department.

Upload Date: 2/23/2022


Minor Accidents and Move it/Fender Bender Laws

A customizable media advisory template to help PIOs and public educators get the word out about Move It/Fender Bender Laws.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Move Over Slow Down Media Advisory

A customizable media advisory template to help PIOs and public educators get the word out about Move Over Laws.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Move Over. It’s the Law. Factsheet

Move Over laws factsheet Q&A. Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Upload Date: 3/24/2022


National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week: Distracted Driving

A public education poster to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving, particularly to emergency responders working on the roadway, and promote safe driving behaviors to avoid distraction.

Upload Date: 10/28/2020


PIO & Public Educator Engagement Infographic

This infographic displays some of the highest-impact facts and statistics about roadway incident safety. Unfortunately, we don't have all the statistics we would like, but many entities continue to work on sharpening the picture of the risks first responders and the public face at emergency scenes on the roadway.

Upload Date: 4/28/2022


PIO & Public Educator Engagement Press Package

This press package on safe driving practices when passing emergency scenes for PIOs and public educators to use for public education includes a backgrounder on safe driving practices, an infographic, a push card, sample media advisories, and sample media contact emails.

Upload Date: 4/28/2022


PIO & Public Educator Engagement Pushcard

This push card, sponsored by ResponderSafety.com, contains important safety messages for the public about what actions to take when approaching and passing an emergency scene on the roadway. The push card is appropriate for distribution at rest areas, service plazas, community events, community presentations, driver education schools, motor vehicle bureaus, and other driver information distribution opportunities.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Safe Driving Pledge

A written pledge for drivers to sign that commits them to avoid emergency scenes, move over and slow down, leave their phone alone, stay alert, follow traffic control instructions, and refrain from “D” driving.

Upload Date: 4/4/2022


Sarah’s Story

The Monroe County Intermediate School District (Michigan) in collaboration with the 1st District Court of Monroe, MI produced this public service video describing the experience of a struck by incident from the perspective of a teen driver who hit an emergency responder. Sarah’s Story was produced in 2005 and its content reflects Michigan traffic laws at that time.

Upload Date: 11/12/2021


Social Media PSA Leave Your Phone Alone

A short video Public Service Announcement on distracted driving meant to be shared on social media.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Social Media PSA Move It

A short video Public Service Announcement on Move It Laws meant to be shared on social media.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Social Media PSA Move Over Slow Down

A short video Public Service Announcement on Move Over Laws meant to be shared on social media.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018


Struck-By Survivor Stories Video

What happens after an emergency responder is struck by a vehicle? Five emergency responders changed forever by a struck by experience tell their stories.

Upload Date: 7/6/2022


The Past, Present, and Future of Responder Safety at Roadway Incidents

This paper summarizes the proceedings of a workshop convened by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute during the 2018 National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week to envision the future of roadway incident response safety and traffic incident management and as a Twenty Year Review of the original 1999 White Paper "Protecting Emergency Responders on the Highway".

Upload Date: 4/17/2019


Train the Trainer: How to Give Effective Distracted Driving Presentations Webinar

This “How to Give Effective Distracted Driving Presentations” webinar from ResponderSafety.com and EndDD.org, delivered by Joel Feldman, covers strategies for addressing the distracted driving problem, how to talk to students about the risks of distracted driving, and how to craft distracted driving public education programs to reach the wider community. The webinar pays particular attention to the high school level because young adult and teen drivers are at increased risk.

Upload Date: 5/20/2022


Visitors Center Loop

This video loop is meant to be used at Visitors Centers. It contains PSAs for: Slow Down Move Over, It’s No Picnic Out Here, Move It, and Leave Your Phone Alone.

Upload Date: 8/6/2018


What To Do When Approaching an Emergency Scene on the Roadway

A customizable media advisory template to help PIOs and public educators get the word out about what to do when approaching an emergency scene on the roadway.

Upload Date: 7/17/2018

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