A new bill, nicknamed the "move over" bill, seeks to protect those who work in one of the most dangerous industries on the road. The bill has just cleared in the Maryland House of Delegates unanimously just this week. The Senate vote is awaiting action the Judicial Proceedings Committee.
Tow truck drivers face grave danger every day in their line of work. The AAA Mid-Atlantic found that from January 2000 to December 2005, 130 tow truck drivers were killed nationwide while assisting clients. This number does not even take into consideration the countless tow truck drivers who have been seriously injured on the job.
The new bill will require motorists to move into an open lane when tow truck drivers are attending to clients who need roadside assistance. This procedure is the law for when motorists approach police and other emergency vehicles.