AAA urges Motorists to “Slow Down, Move Over”
Following recent crashes involving tow truck operators, AAA is urging motorists to “Slow Down, Move Over” to help protect emergency workers and law enforcement who are providing assistance to those in need on the roadside. Roadside assistance crews, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel risk their lives every day when they pull over alongside moving traffic to help someone in need and we must do our part to protect them, says AAA. Most people aren’t aware that the towing industry is 15 more times deadlier than all other private industries combined. Slowing down and moving is not only the right thing to do, it’s the law. Recent data reveals 23 roadside workers and first responders, one every other week, lose their life at the roadside, while hundreds more are injured while assisting motorists. The Move Over law requires motorists if it is safe to do so, move a lane over for emergency vehicles, utility workers, and law enforcement stopped alongside the road. While all fifty states have Move Over laws, fewer than 30 percent of Americans are aware that the laws exist, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).