The AAA reports that all fifty states now have some type of Move Over law to better protect EMS, law enforcement, firefighters, and tow truck drivers. Unfortunately, most motorists simply are not aware of the law or disregard it, putting those crews in jeopardy every day.
For one tow truck driver in Birmingham, another driver’s failure to follow the law resulted in serious injuries, multiple surgeries and a long recovery. According to Anne Weil, Chief Compliance Officer for Weil Wrecker, in late March one of her drivers was struck by a passing vehicle within three minutes of arriving on the scene.
“He was talking with our customer who had a flat tire,” she said. “He was well off the road, several feet into the emergency lane, when he was struck by the vehicle. Had the driver of that car been going slower and been in the adjacent lane, the accident could have been avoided.” According to AAA, when passing an emergency or service vehicle on the side of the road, in addition to moving over one lane, drivers should slow to at least 10-20 miles per hour less than the posted speed.
Auto Data Direct supports its valued tow/wrecker customers and their employees who are on the road each day assisting motorists in need. On their behalf we are encouraging all motorists to Move Over and Slow Down!