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Inclusion of tow trucks in 'move over' law welcomed by businesses (ID)


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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) There's already law requiring drivers to "slow down, and move over" for police and emergency first responder vehicles. But legislation signed by Idaho Gov. Brad Little expands that law to include maintenance vehicles, tow trucks and passenger vehicles with hazard lights. For some tow truck drivers and first responders, the legislation is a welcomed amount of change.

 

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"Safety is a big deal on the interstate when you have cars driving by at 80 miles an hour," said owner of Marky's Super Tow Mark Gaoski. "We had one driver got hit with a mirror as he was next to the tow truck."

 

"I can give you several examples on the freeway, people don't pay attention to amber lights, you see it all the time," said Filer Fire Department Capt. Dale Mahan. "Semi's don't move over, it's bad."

 

Tow driving is one of America's most dangerous professions, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupation Injuries and Illnesses. From 2011-2016, 191 deaths were reported in the motor vehicle industry, some of those due to drivers being hit by passing vehicles.

 

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