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Tow Truck Drivers Breathe A Sigh Of Relief With MD Move Over Law Expansion

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MARYLAND - It's one of the more dangerous jobs on the road.  More than one hundred tow truck operators, killed by cars driving by on American roads between 2000 and 2005.


"I've been struck by mirrors," says Josh Spear, with Simpson's Towing.

"A sudden move, I could move out to do something and you could hit me...take my leg off," shared Steve Baker from A Plus Towing.
  
Monday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley signed a bill into law, making it mandatory for drivers to slow down or move over a lane when passing tow truck operators working on the road.

The law adds tow truck operators to the list of emergency responders that Marylanders have had to move-over for since 2010.

"Our life is just as important as their life," says Spear.    

While he's glad state lawmakers are paying attention it's a law Steve Baker with A Plus Towing wishes didn't even have to be made in the first place, "even before this bill had been about...it should...it should be common courtesy anyhow."

Drivers who violate the move over law will face a fine up to $500.

The law goes into effect on October 1st along with the other bills passed and signed during the 2014 legislative session.

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