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Solidarity in tow: Roadside assistance workers plan rallies

Tow truck operators plan to line up in solidarity in observance of the 'Move Over' law. (Source: WAFF file) Tow truck operators plan to line up in solidarity in observance of the 'Move Over' law. (Source: WAFF file)
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Roadside assistance workers are holding rallies across the country to promote and raise awareness about the slow down/move over law.

Each year, hundreds of these men and women are injured or killed by people who are passing by.

Sunday, roadside assistance personnel across the Tennessee Valley are planning to gather in Athens. They plan to have around 50 tow trucks side by side standing in solidarity with their fellow roadside workers across the country.

They said they're doing this because they want to raise awareness about the "Move Over" law.

Alabama passed the law in 2009 and the concept is simple: If you see a vehicle on the side of the road with its emergency lights flashing you are required to move out of the lane closest to the vehicle.

If you can't, you should slow down to at least 15 miles lower than the speed limit.

"You don't someone riding against your car, you want safety for you," said tow truck driver William Shelf. "Statistics show one wrecker driver is killed every six days in the line of duty."

Highway officials say the law is still regularly violated, and disregarding the law puts assistance workers, emergency responders and other motorists at risk.

Violating the law comes with a $25 fine; those we spoke to Sunday said they hope they can work towards getting that fine increased.

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