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Slow Down and Move Over

SpedometerRecently the RCMP and CAA Manitoba set up a mock incident on Hwy 1 where an emergency vehicle was at the side of the road assisting a motorist.

The tow truck was pulled over near St. Francois Xavier at the side of the Trans-Canada Highway, set to assist a stalled vehicle. 316 vehicles had driven past the incident. Almost all vehicles failed to slow down and “move over,” an offense that would include a $300 ticket and 2 demerits.

Drivers must slow down to 40 km/h when the posted speed limit is less than 79 km/h. You need to slow down to 60 km/h when the posted speed limit is 80 km/h or higher. Motorists are required to also move to a traffic lane farthest from the emergency vehicle if possible.

Some important areas of the assessment included:
– Nearly 11% of drivers observed did not move over at all
– 83% of the drivers observed did move over to the next lane, but of those, only 1% slowed down to 60 km/h
– One motorcycle passing the scene was not moved over and travelling 123 km/h
– One semi failing to slow down and move over was doing 107 km/h
– The average speed of those who did move over but did not slow down was 101 km/h
– The average speed of those who did not move over was 98 km/h

Although no tickets were issued, this mock incident is a reminder that Manitobans are failing to obey this law. This is the type of risk our workers face each day on the roads. Please respect the safety of our tow truck operators and slow down and move over.

Contact us at Dr. Hook Towing

Tow Truck and Wrecker Service for Manitoba Highways

Wrecker Service

At Dr. Hook Towing, we have the best equipment, trained WreckMaster certified staff as well along with helpful personnel. Our team makes sure your heavy-duty towing needs are met so that you can be back on the road within no time.  We are a family company and are committed to helping fleets and owner operators by building long-term relationships. If you are faced in an accident or breakdown, you can rely on Dr. Hook Towing to be your heavy duty towing provider.

We provide service throughout Manitoba since some areas have limited accessibility to heavy-duty recovery services. If you’re your needs extends outside of the province, we offer long-distance towing and recovery within Canada and in the United States.

All highways and roads are serviced such as:

  • Highway to USA (75)
  • Highway to the North (6)
  • Manitoba Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway)
  • Trans Canada Highway 1 (Manitoba Highway 1, Manitoba PTH 1, Trunk Highway 1)
  • Provincial Trunk Highways (PTH 100 and PTH 101)

Our fleet of ten 3-axle hydraulic wreckers can lift 1, 2 and 5 ton vehicles including semi-trucks, trailers, RV’s, motor coaches, vans and buses. As well we can also provide Air Cushion Recovery for overturned tractor/trailers, vans or tankers. This method is ideal for trailers that are hauling sensitive or fragile cargo.

Our heavy duty services include:

  • Tractor & trailer towing
  • Decking and un-decking (bunking & un-bunking)
  • Lifting of sunken trailers
  • Motor Coach & RV towing local & long distance
  • Air Cushion Recovery, tractor service
  • Emergency and Scheduled service, direct dispatch 24 / 7
  • Insurance and accident towing & recovery, itemized invoicing
  • Up to 1,000,000 lbs. of winching
  • All services provided with “certified” operators and fully “insured” units

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If your trucks or trailers require heavy duty recovery or if you are in need any of our other services, contact Dr. Hook Towing.