Posted by Fernanda Lopez, Producer/Reporter - email
A local tow truck driver wants to remind people of the "Move Over Law".
KENNEWICK, WA - A local tow truck driver wants to remind people of the "Move Over Law".
Rich Drettwan said it is too often that he is out on a job towing a car and sees cars speeding past him and driving too close.
The "Move Over Law" has been in place since the start of 2011. It came about because of an increase in accidents involving emergency response vehicles.
Rich Drettwan from RAD towing in Kennewick said people need to be reminded that this law also includes tow trucks.
The law says people need to move over 200 feet before getting to an "emergency zone" which is an area with any vehicle that has flashing lights and is stopped.
"It is very important that people should move over we're putting our lives in danger, cars going by really quick and really close, it's very scary, just an everyday thing," said Drettwan adding although tow truck drivers are not considered emergency responders they were putting their lives in danger too while stopped on the side of the road.
He also wants to remind drivers that they have families too and want to stay safe while out on the job.