Second Annual “Spirit Ride” Remembers Killed Tow Truck Drivers

KELO Spirit Ride

Your car breaks down on a busy highway and a tow truck comes to your rescue.  While it may be a relief to see them, the scene isn’t always safe.

That’s where the national campaign — Spirit Ride — comes into play.

Dozens of tow truck drivers and their families took part in the event Friday to remind everyone to slow down and move over when you see a tow truck on the side of the road.

“We’re participating because six drivers a day die on the side of the road helping strangers basically. It puts a lot of pressure on us to know that people just drive by us not having no common sense of life in general,” Walter Avery, tow truck operator, said.

Every state has a law that requires drivers to move over one lane or slow down when seeing a tow truck on the side of the road.

However, many drivers don’t know this law exists.

“Hopefully it just makes people aware. Like the gentleman said while doing his speech, 71 percent of people in the United States don’t know about this law. It is very dangerous for us,” Avery said.

This is the second year the ride has taken place.  It started this morning in Sioux Falls and ended in Sioux City.

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