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20 October 2014. Wisconsin. I-94 West Bound, Mile Marker 92. On a routine call of the type he’d done 1,000 times before, Tow Truck Operator Nate Walsh had just finished attaching his bridle to the driver’s side of a disabled vehicle, when tragedy struck.
In this GRA exclusive story, we’ll be speaking with Nate’s father, Gary Walsh, in an attempt to honor Nate’s life and sacrifice. We’ll detail how this tragedy has motivated Gary to take action, what kind of action he’s taken, and to lend some of his hard-spoken...
Slow Down Move Over (SDMO) laws are at the heart of our entire reason for being. These laws are the only thing standing between tow truck drivers, and certain death.
For those unaware, simply put, an SDMO law requires motorists to 'slow down or move over' for certain vehicles protected within the law's language. Generally speaking, the vehicles protected under an SDMO law are typically just emergency and maintenance vehicles (police, fire, EMS, DOT, etc). Increasingly though, other vehicles are making their way into the laws to be protected as well.
In this GRA exclusive story,...
The following story is a first hand account authored by Tow Truck Operator Moe Timcoe of National Tow List. It will give you an idea of the horror and sheer panic experienced when the unthinkable happens. We're so thankful Moe is still around to share this story. Remember this story. Remember his words, and watch your 6 everyone.
"It was a 'normal' night, sitting on call for my area. The only good thing was it was the first night of the newly enacted MOSD law in Mass. I had done about 4 calls, nothing big, and made it home before 11pm....
Well, what can we say? Better late than never, right?
Missouri House Bill 85 seeks to expand the state's "Move-Over Law" to include maintenance and utility vehicles.
This could include electric service trucks, tree trimmers, road maintenance vehicles, and a whole host of others not currently protected under the law.
The new bill, approved on a 149-7, adds utility vehicles to a list of other emergency vehicles, including police, fire, towing and recovery vehicles, where motorists are required to move over in order to give emergency and law enforcement workers space...
Location: US287, Loveland, Colorado.
This story, adopted from an article by the Loveland Reporter-Herald, is exactly the kind of cooperation between law enforcement and towing companies we hope to see more of. As we've said before, a law is just a piece of paper if it isn't enforced, and it's always good to see that being rectified.
Law enforcement officers pulled over 46 vehicles on U.S. 287 Thursday morning in a planned operation meant to educate drivers to move out of the right lane for stopped emergency vehicles.
Larimer County Sheriff and Colorado State Patrol officers issued 44 written warnings...