NEWRY, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 14: View from the M1 motorway bridge on November 14, 2018 in Newry, Northern Ireland. Theresa May will today attempt to secure the backing of her government ministers for the Brexit deal at a special cabinet meeting in Downing Street this afternoon. Brexiteers are already decrying the deal as a betrayal and urging ministers to reject the deal. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Traffic incidents are often times the number one cause of death for police officer and emergency responded nationwide.

Across the country every year, hundreds of emergency responders are struck and either injured or killed when working an incident on or near roadways.

It’s National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week and Sergeant Jason Pace with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says they’re spreading the word about slowing down on the roads, especially when emergency crews are at the scene of a crash.

“Everyday emergency responders throughout our country work to help save lives at the scene of many traffic incidents. Our goal is to also relieve congestion on the roadway in the quickest and safest manner possible,” said Pace.

Last year, MoDOT received over 7,000 calls and the Highway Patrol received over 827,000 related to traffic incidents.

“We’re also placing an emphasis on the Missouri Move Over Law, which reminds motorist to use caution when approaching any vehicle when flashing lights are on the highway,” said Pace.