The original Move Over Law was passed in 2007 in an effort to protect emergency workers who were stopped on the highways conducting their business. Since 2007, the number of collisions involving emergency vehicles and workers has increased instead of decreasing. In 2010, legislation was submitted and passed to amend the old law to include an “Emergency Zone.” The Emergency Zone Law was passed in the aftermath of growing numbers of police, emergency technicians, tow operators, and Department of Transportation workers being killed or struck during routine traffic stops, collision/accident response, impounding/ towing vehicles, and highway construction projects.
An Emergency Zone is defined as the adjacent lanes of the roadway 200 feet (10 car lengths) before and after a stationary emergency vehicle with flashing lights, a tow truck using red lights, an emergency assistance vehicle using warning lights, or any police vehicle using emergency lights. The fine doubles for vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit in an Emergency Zone.
ABOUT THE ISSUE:
According to statistics, one tow-truck driver is killed on the job every six days. 23 highway workers & one law enforcement officer is killed every month, and five firefighters are killed every year on our roads NATIONWIDE because PEOPLE DON’T SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER FOR THEM.
It's the law to slow down and move over, doing so could save a life of a dad, mom, brother, sister or friend, etc. Behind all these tow truck operators, highway workers, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders is a family waiting for them to come home. Due to this Tow Lives Matter was founded with a life-saving message.
"When you see flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down, and if it’s safe, Move Over – away from tow truck drivers, fire crews, police, and Paramedics. If you make the move, others will follow.."
Tow Lives Matter specialize in SDMO (Slow Down Move Over) awareness merchandise such as our popular Tow Lives Matter line of clothing, flag, stickers and more. We are here to spread the MOVE OVER LAW and to share upcoming events to spread awareness about our job and livelihoods TOW LIVES MATTER.
You can support our #Towlivesmatter Cause by :
1. Support via Twitter, Facebook, or both, and get the word out to your friends and followers to do the same.
2. Tell your friend, family, and co-workers about the cause, Share with your network to get friends and followers to sign up as well.
3. Share and talk about why the Slow Down Move Over movement is important to you while using #SlowDownMoveOver.
Help raise awareness and Save A Tow Truck Operator. Thank you 🙂