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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.

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‘Move over’ law protects tow truck drivers

Winnipeg Free Press – ONLINE EDITION
By: Staff Writer
Posted: 07/18/2011 9:27 AM

Starting today, if you see a tow truck working on a multi-lane road, you must change lanes, reduce your speed, and proceed only if it’s safe to do so. Otherwise, you could face a fine of almost $300.

It’s been dubbed the “move over” law, to protect tow trucks from being smashed into by oncoming traffic.

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Why Us?

Well, that answer is easy….not simple, but easy.  First and foremost, Dr. Hook has a proven reputation for having a give-and-take relationship with our community.  We happily take the honor of being known as the best, and we give back everything we can to our community.  We contribute back to our community through numerous different programs including Teddy Bear Picnic, Children’s Festivals and Events, United Way Semi Truck Pull, Relay for Life, and many more.

Secondly, we are known for our safety measures to protect our employees, our customers, and the public.  We make sure all of our employees are trained to the fullest extent, and continue this training on a daily basis.  We are certified and insured through numerous different industry leading training programs, and were recently a huge part of the passing of the “Move Over Law” for Tow Trucks, further protecting the public.  Our staff wears additional clothing and equipment, including reflective vests, hard hats, and safety glasses, to push our safety measures even further.

Third, we are the “big dog”.  We are the largest, and most professional towing company in the area and always provide first class service.  Our fleet is large, and in-charge, and consists of more than 10 Heavy Duty Trucks, numerous Medium and Light Duty trucks, over 12 Tilt Deck Trucks, a Trailer Division, and an Air Cushion Recovery Division, all being operated by certified and insured operators.  Add our GPS Dispatch Technology and Roadside Assistance Program, and you have your answer.

That is why we are the Best!