Tow truck drivers urge people to move over

By KBJR News 1

July 7, 2014 Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 7:05 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- Moving over for emergency and maintenance vehicles is the law in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

That law includes tow trucks, and drivers are urging people to remember that.

Since running his own tow truck company, Mark Androsky has had a few close calls while on the job.

"I did have a truck come so close that I did have to jump in between the car I was hooking up and the back of the truck, which towing companies call that the kill zone because if that car had hit the car I was hooking up, it would have squished me in between that car and my car," said Androsky of Stadium Towing.

Both Minnesota and Wisconsin have "Move Over" laws that require drivers to change lanes, if possible, or slow down when approaching emergency or maintenance vehicles on the roadways.

Tow truck drivers are not allowed to have their lights on when driving down the road, but they turn them on once they get to the scene of a crash warning people to slow down.

"Towing vehicles shall equip each tow truck or towing vehicle with flashing red lamp. So they are supposed to have a red light of some kind on their towing vehicles," said Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec.

"We are allowed to have only red and amber. We don't have any blue lights. And our flashing tail lights up top and in the rear are LED," said Androsky.

In Wisconsin, not moving over for maintenance or emergency vehicles could result in a fine of up to 260 dollars and a license suspension.

Androsky says even with these penalties and the flashing lights people are not moving over.

"You have to keep one eye on the on coming traffic and another eye on your job and what your doing. It's dangerous out there on the highway."

In Minnesota, a police officer can issue a citation for failing to pull over for an emergency vehicle even if that officer did not witness the crime.

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