Despite 'Move Over' Law, Tow Truck Drivers Feel Unsafe

Updated: 08/14/2014 7:20 AM
Created: 08/13/2014 9:51 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Nearly 80 first responders and tow truck drivers are killed at traffic scenes on average each year, according to the U.S. National Towing Association.

That figure includes 12 police officers, seven fire and rescuers and 60 tow truck drivers.

Marc Daluge, a tow truck driver in Buffalo, says he was hit by a driver in 2012.

"I flew about 50 feet in the air and landed on top of the Subaru I was pulling out of the ditch," Daluge remembers.

He says near-misses are a common topic of conversation among tow truck drivers.

"Every time we get together, there's always somebody that we know who's been hurt or really close to being hit," he said.

The Minnesota Move Over Law requires drivers passing a scene to give emergency vehicles a full lane as a safety buffer or slow to a safe speed when additional space is not available. 

Daluge says that given the U.S. National Towing Associations statistics, it's clear the public is not moving over for tow trucks.

"No, it's not working," Daluge said. "They're not slowing down; they're not paying attention."

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