CLEARWATER (FOX 13) – Every day Ginger Darling hops in her tow truck for work, she knows she is putting her life at risk.
“You’ve got a very narrow area between the wall, the guard rail, and where the car is,” explained Darling.
As the owner of Nationwide Towing, she said it’s not the physical labor that makes her job difficult. It’s the other drivers on the road.
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“You turn the key on, you pull the trigger on that gun. You’re driving a lethal weapon,” said Darling.
January is “Move Over Month” in Florida. The state is one of 43 states that requires drivers to change lanes or slow down if they’re passing someone working on the side of the road.
“All too often, especially on our busy area roadways, you can’t move over. Traffic is too heavy, [so] reduce your speed by 20 miles an hour,” said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol.
In 2016, tow truck driver Danny Hand was hit and killed while helping someone on the side of Interstate 275 South, near Fowler Avenue. According to troopers, Hand’s tow truck lights were flashing, but the driver who hit him said he didn’t notice.