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Lexington Police Department quick to get traffic moving after wrecks in town

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – A wreck Monday afternoon near Sunset Boulevard and Park Place Trail provided a glimpse into how well-trained Lexington police officers are at working with other agencies to care for people injured in collisions and then getting the traffic flowing again quickly. Often, a wreck on either of the main thoroughfares through the town can be disastrous. Even the slightest disruption in the flow of vehicles can cause miles of backups, especially during peak times. Lexington police officers know this and when a collision occurs, they move immediately to take steps to get things going again as fast as possible.

Officers are normally first on the scene and first aid trained. They can quickly assess the injuries of people involved in crashes, help if they can, and report to responding ambulance and firefighting crews on the condition of the patients. They can also use their cruisers’ lights to provide advanced warning of the accident to other motorists that are approaching.

Once the medical crews arrive, officers are key to maintaining safety by making sure that other drivers are going slowly past the scene and keeping their eyes on the road, not on the crash. They are trained to properly direct the traffic, quickly call for tow vehicles, and even set up cone lines to guide other vehicles safely around the crash site. Once the patients are either treated or transported, they quickly document the accident for their report and then move into high gear to ensure the crashed vehicles get towed out of the road so traffic can begin flowing freely again.

You can be a part of this well-orchestrated effort by watching for slow downs in advance. Once you see there’s an accident ahead, increase your following distance, keep your eyes on the car in front of you, and follow the direction of the officers. These steps might be the difference in making your way through a backup, or becoming the next cause for concern.

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