‘Slow Down, Move Over’ Saves Lives

Each day, AAA roadside technicians brave risky conditions to protect and serve members at the roadside.

If your car has ever broken down unexpectedly, you know how dangerous and unsettling it can feel to be stranded at the roadside as cars whizz past. Roadside technicians, police officers, firefighters and rescue workers, put themselves in harm’s way to help people in that situation every day.

AAA roadside technicians Ken Young and Jay Lynk might understand the risks better than anyone. Both were involved in serious crashes that could have been prevented if drivers had simply slowed down and moved over.

In the video that follows, Young gives a touching reminder that taking these simple steps when you encounter emergency workers on the side of the road can save lives.

“If you see someone with their lights on or even their hazards on, give them six inches, give them a foot. Have some compassion,” Young said. “What would you do if you hit somebody that was in your family?”

An average of two roadside service providers are killed each month attending to disabled vehicles along America’s roadways, and many more are injured. “Slow Down, Move Over” laws are enforced in all 50 states to protect them.

Although it varies slightly by state, the law is straightforward. Whenever approaching an incident where police, firefighters, emergency medical service crews or tow operators are working, drivers should exercise caution, decrease their speed and move over. This gives first responders more room to work and helps to maintain a safer environment for everyone. Learn about your state’s specific law.

AAA Northeast has made significant efforts to advocate for the safety of first responders, reminding motorists to “Slow Down, Move Over” through public service announcements on radio, TV and online, as well as on the road with trucks fully wrapped with the message.

“Ensuring the safety of our team and our members is at the core of who we are and what we do. It’s why our members trust us,” said John Galvin, President and CEO of AAA Northeast. “Our fleet technicians must first ensure they are safe, and the scene is safe, before providing service to the member.”

Read more about the AAA Slow Down, Move Over initiative.


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