Did you know that, across the country, one tow truck driver is killed every six days? There are 23 highway workers and 1 law enforcement officer killed monthly, and six firefighters are killed each year.
All of these fatalities are caused by a driver failing to slow down and move over when passing emergency vehicles that are stopped roadside.
Slow Down/Move Over laws were enacted in Ohio in 1999, requiring drivers to slow their speeds and move over one lane when they approach emergency vehicles and tow trucks. In 2013, this law was expanded to also include any vehicles parked with flashing lights on, including highway workers, utility crews, and others.
Of course, there are times when physically moving isn’t possible, so drivers are expected to slow down enough to ensure safety. Today, each state has enacted a version of this Slow Down/Move Over law, and it is important to understand that you are not just legally obligated to do so, but that it is simply the right thing to do.
Each day, tow truck drivers, law enforcement officers, and road workers note instances where drivers fly past accidents and worksites. Of course, smartphone usage and texting have led to an increase in distracted driving, which can be extremely dangerous in these situations.
While these laws have been a step in the right direction, there is still a need for educating the public and focusing awareness on this important issue. Studies have shown that, while these laws are on the books in all 50 states, 71% of drivers throughout the U.S. are unaware of their existence.
A&M Truck & Trailer Repair stands with tow companies everywhere, as well as emergency workers, law enforcement officers, road workers, and organizations who are working to effectively promote Slow Down/Move Over laws to the public.
If you are driving in Ohio or any other state, please be aware of these laws and help to reduce injury and death on our highways and roads. For all of your towing and assistance needs, A&M Truck & Trailer Repair is happy to assist you. We are also OSHA certified to perform Haz-Mat cleanup if needed. Call us anytime: 419-929-4127, or visit our site for more information: http://amtrucktrailerrepairinc.com/.