Hello, my name is Stephanie Richards and I am a Senior Business Consultant at Beacon Funding. My friends, family, and I have been serving the towing industry for over 12 years. Last year, my son’s friend was hit and killed in the line of duty by a driver who failed to slow down and change lanes while driving. Raising awareness for Slow Down, Move Over is close to me because we all have friends and family that need to be protected.
This year, I will attend The Wall of the Fallen in Chattanooga, Tennessee ceremony on September 30, 2023, to help raise awareness of the dangers of working as a tow truck operator and honor all towers, including my son’s friend, who lost their lives in the line of service.
Did you know that a tow truck operator loses their life every six days due to roadside accidents? It’s a staggering statistic that highlights the dangers these professionals face while working to keep our roads clear and safe.
Unfortunately, these accidents are preventable. When you see flashing emergency lights on the side of the road, motorists in all 50 states are required by law to slow down and change lanes away from first responders.
Why Slow Down Move Over Laws Matter
Tow operators are everyday heroes who face challenging and often perilous conditions in their line of work. They rush to accident scenes, contend with adverse weather, and handle stressed-out motorists, all while striving to clear our roads safely.
By honoring Slow Down Move Over laws drivers help to keep tow operators safe while acknowledging their dedication and emphasize the value they bring to our communities.
How You Can Help Prevent Roadside Accidents
As we progress this year, it is crucial to remember that preventing roadside accidents is a collective responsibility. Beacon Funding stands committed to raising awareness about National Slow Down Move Over Day and the simple steps responsible drivers can take to ensure the safety of everyone on the road.
Tips for Responsible Driving
- Slow down. When you come across a tow truck with flashing emergency lights on the side of the road, simply decelerate your vehicle to a reasonable speed. It’s a small adjustment that can make a world of difference.
- Change lanes. Carefully shift your vehicle to the lane opposite of the tow truck operator. By doing so, you set an example for other drivers to follow, creating a safer environment for everyone involved.
- Remain alert. Keep a watchful eye for other emergency vehicles, such as ambulances or police cars. Their flashing lights signal the need to steer clear of potential danger zones.
Enhanced Safety: A Matter of Life and Death
When motorists adhere to these laws, it significantly improves safety for everyone. By slowing down and moving over, drivers provide a buffer zone that can be the difference between life and death in emergency situations.
Protecting our Communities
Towers are not just individuals in uniform: They are mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters. They have families who eagerly await their return home after each shift, and communities that rely on their services. Each near-miss, each unsafe encounter, has the potential to shatter lives and disrupt communities.
Every Action Counts
Let’s take a moment to express our gratitude and support for tow truck operators. It doesn’t take much to make a difference – simply giving them space on the road can be a gesture of appreciation. Together, we can ensure that tow truck operators and other emergency roadside responders receive the recognition and protection they deserve, making our highways safer for everyone.