This past January was a painful month for the towing industry. In fact, it was possibly one of the most dangerous and deadly months for emergency responders ever recorded. With nearly 10 emergency responders being struck in one month by moving vehicles, it is time to educate America and protect our hard-working men and women. (Information Provided by TR Footnotes)
It may come as a surprise, but a law called the “Move Over Law” is in effect in Missouri and 47 other states in order to protect emergency responders and law enforcement officers from being struck and killed while working alongside traffic. This law requires drivers to change lanes, move over, and slow down to at least 20 miles under the speed limit when approaching emergency vehicles with flashing lights.
Sadly, more than 1000 emergency responders and law enforcements officers have been injured and nearly 200 have been killed since 1997. All of these deaths are easily preventable if drivers would simply slow down and move over. While the Missouri Move Over Law was implemented in 2006, a poll shows that only 29 percent of drivers are even aware of the law.
Fines for violators of the Mover Over Law can run from $50 to upwards of $500 with some states requiring jail time and additional court costs. These penalties and others are in place to protect the lives of emergency responders and law enforcement officers who save lives every day.
So, if you see Russ and his team, other emergency responders, or law enforcement officers, please remember to “Slow Down and Move Over.” Make a common sense choice that can mean the difference between life and death.
“My drivers are all fathers, and many of them are grandfathers. Their families and I thank you for slowing down and moving over whenever you see them working,” says Russ Jones of Russ Automotive (Missouri Heavy Duty Towing & Recovery Specialist).
The purpose of this post is to educate citizens of Missouri and the other 47 states of this life protecting law. Please share this post with as many people as possible. Spread the word: “Mover Over and Slow Down, America!”