Mission Statement – “Committed to maintaining the safe and effective flow of traffic during emergencies as to prevent further damage, injury or undue delay of the motoring public”
What is OTIM?
OTIM is the state's traffic incident management program composed of several agencies, including ODOT, local and state law enforcement agencies, Fire, EMA, and towing and recovery services. These agencies work together to safely and efficiently clear traffic incidents on Ohio highways.
Why is Traffic Incident Management Important?
Inefficient traffic incident management causes thousands of responders and motorists to be needlessly killed or injured each year. Traffic incidents cause millions of hours of congestion delay annually, which results in billions of dollars being wasted. Given their authority to fully or partially close travel lanes, local public agencies must recognize their responsibility to both motorists and themselves.
Through a joint partnership, the Ohio Departments of Transportation, Public Safety and Commerce (specifically the State Fire Marshall) have developed a statewide traffic incident management program known as “OTIM.” This program was initially intended as a way to protect our first responders by providing training on traffic control at highway incident scenes. This concept soon developed into an all-encompassing incident management system that not only provides for the safety of responders and motorists but adds economic benefit by keeping traffic and commerce moving.
Further enhancements to the program’s effectiveness are being served by the Federal Highway Safety Administration's implementation of a nationally standardized training program for all response agencies with certified TIM instructors. The Ohio Department of Transportation is also developing incentive programs and training for the towing industry designed to shorten clearance times for large profile vehicle crashes.