It’s time to TAKE A STAND & MAKE A DIFFERENCE for the SLOW DOWN & MOVE OVER MOVEMENT. We can help to protect tow truck operators, highway workers, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders by bringing awareness to the Slow Down & Mover Over law.
On June 7th, 2017 at 7 pm EST, Omadi Mobile Management and people around the world joined their voices in a thunderclap campaign for the #SlowDownMoveOver movement, a viral social media campaign that won’t be ignored!
We want to make a statement that will SAVE LIVES by helping to change the way that people drive when they see flashing lights on the side of the road. We want the world to say “I WILL SLOW DOWN & MOVE OVER” and then actually do it when they see flashing lights of tow trucks or any emergency or service vehicle on the side of the road.
ABOUT THE ISSUE:
According to statistics, one tow-truck driver is killed on the job every six days. 23 highway workers & one law enforcement officer is killed every month, and five firefighters are killed every year on our roads NATIONWIDE because PEOPLE DON’T SLOW DOWN AND MOVE OVER FOR THEM.
It’s the law to slow down and move over, doing so could save a life of a dad, mom, brother, sister or friend, etc. Behind all these tow truck operators, highway workers, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders is a family waiting for them to come home.
HOW YOU SLOW DOWN & MOVE OVER:
- When you approach a stationary emergency or service vehicle, YOU need to SLOW DOWN
- Do this BEFORE you get close to EMERGENCY OR SERVICE VEHICLES INCLUDING TOW TRUCKS.
- On wet or snowy roads, don’t brake suddenly – that can cause you to slide or skid into the stopped cars.
- If it is clear & safe to do so, move to the next lane to give EMERGENCY OR SERVICE VEHICLES INCLUDING TOW TRUCKS ROOM TO WORK.
- Be alert – when you first see the flashing lights and emergency vehicles, plan to adjust your speed so you can move over a lane.
- If you can’t move over, don’t panic — just slow down a lot.
LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO:
- You tend to drive toward what you’re looking at, so focus on the road ahead, not at what’s going on with the emergency vehicles.
- Avoid target fixation – look away from the distraction, and at the path, you want to follow.
It’s not just a safe thing to do — IT’S THE LAW IN ALL 50 STATES. When you approach any stationary emergency vehicle, which includes police vehicles, tow trucks or highway maintenance vehicles, you are required to:
- SLOW DOWN.
- Provide as much space as practical and safe for the emergency vehicle.
- If you’re in the lane next to the emergency vehicle and it is practical and safe to do so, move over a lane.
Always remember to Slow Down & Move Over when you see a tow truck on the side of the road. Because behind every Tow Truck Operator is a family waiting for them to come home.
What can you do to support the #SlowDownMoveOver awareness campaign?
- Slow Down & Move Over when you see flashing lights on the side of the road.
- Share this page on social media and talk about why the Slow Down Move Over movement is important to you while using #SlowDownMoveOver
- Get involved with Slow Down & Move Over rallies.
- Let your local city and state leaders know how important the enforcement of the Slow Down & Move Over Law is to you.