It’s well-known within the towing industry that the roadside can be a hazardous place to work. It’s sorrowing and difficult to think about the many lives that are lost as tow truck drivers are simply doing their jobs, and the story happens far too often – a tow operator is working on a disabled vehicle when an out-of-control car strikes them. Following the deaths of three Illinois State Police officers, Illinois decided to take action. Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Richard Durbin asked the Government Accountability Office to look into Move Over Laws and create some recommendations.
The I-95 overpass near Congress Avenue in Boca Raton, Florida, is going to be renamed for a tow truck operator who fell to his death while attempting to secure a semi-truck that was teetering at the edge of the overpass. The overpass will be named “Richard Jason Randolph Memorial Bridge.” The state legislature passed the renaming, which could become official by the end of this summer.
Drivers in Arizona have long complained about towing practices in the state. Among the complaints are that towing companies won’t accept cash, they charge ridiculous fees, they aren’t open at reasonable hours, they make it extremely difficult for insurance adjusters to do their jobs and examine cars after accidents, and they refuse to release cars. Basically, consumers hold that they aren’t being treated fairly and that towing businesses engage in shady business practices.
So, it’s not a terrible surprise that lawmakers in the state decided to do something about it.