A young 18-years old tow truck driver, Blake Gresham, was killed last week while loading up a car on the road. Nearly 200 tow trucks traveled with their flashlights on to honour the fallen driver, and to raise the awareness of move over law. Video clips and details of the procession can be found at Autoblog Canada.
Although the incident happend in Missouri, where move over law only applies to vehicles with red or blue lights, BC’s slow down move over law that came in effect June 1, 2009, also applies to vehicles with yellow flashlights, such as tow trucks.
The law requires motorists approaching emergency vehicles, including the ones with red, blue or yellow flashlights, to slow to 70 km/h on highways posted at 80 km/h and higher, and to 40 km/h in all other speed zones. And if it is safe to do so, they should move into the unoccupied adjacent lanes. Detailed description of the slow down move over law can be found on DriveSmartBC.
Please do not risk yourself a ticket of $173 and 3 points on your driving record. More importantly, we hope incidents like this would never happen again.