Road Rangers may help protect tow truck drivers

When to move over

It was supposed to be Danny Hand's last day as a tow truck driver.

He worked only part time at Crockett's Towing, his life ended by yet another drunk driver. About 4 a.m. Sunday, Hand had pulled onto the shoulder to help a driver on Interstate 75 near Fowler Avenue.

“Very disappointing that he lost his life for someone who wasn't obeying the law,” says Scotty Crockett, owner of Crockett’s Towing.

Crockett describes Hand as a great employee and even a hero.

“The call that he was on, he got the young lady out of the vehicle. Then put her inside with the heat on and he  closed the door before it happened,” says Crockett.

Crockett says he’s taking action into his hands, teaming up with the Florida Highway Patrol to make sure this kind of situation doesn’t happen again.

“Every vehicle that’s broken down on the interstate has a Road Ranger come down to assist. So there is someone who can block a lane,” says Crockett.  “It's going to take extra funding from highway patrol but it's something that needs to be done.”

You might not know it but there is already a law in place to protect those responding to emergencies on the side of the road.

It's known as the Move Over Law and the Florida Highway Patrol works hard to get the word out but:

“We still see a lot of people that don't move over for various reasons either they're not paying attention, don't know about the law or just don’t care,” says Steve Gaskins with FHP.

Move Over Law Summary:

Drivers must vacate the lane closest to the stationary emergency vehicle, tow truck, sanitation, or utility vehicle. Drivers must slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit if they cannot move over safely.

The Florida Move Over Law was enacted in 2002 in an effort to curb the number of accidents caused by motorists against law enforcement officers, first responders and other emergency officials who are injured or killed during stops on Florida highways and roads. 

So next time you decide not to obey the Move Over Law, sure you might get a ticket but even worse, you could end up taking someone's life.
 


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