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Move Over, Slow Down
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -
He was just inches away from tragedy
"You're laying there right beside the traffic," tow truck operator Bobby Thomas said.
Thomas recalls just how close he came to losing it all
"I looked up just in time to move my legs out of the way cause a car went right by, right on the line," Thomas said
Its what truck operators and law enforcement have to deal with daily.
"Every police officer has has it's close call," said DOT Officer Neil Suckow.
It's a consequence Julie Hanifen of Hanifen Towing Company knows to well
"Personally, I probably didn't sleep for 6 months
Back in 2011, two of her tow operators pulled over on highway 80 to help a stranded semi
"Another semi came, failed to move over...it struck one of our vehicles first, then slammed into the disabled vehicle."
Everyone on scene, including her drivers, were killed
"You never want to have to go into a room, with 20 people in it, and tell them two of your guys aren't coming home," a tearful Hanifen said.
Last year, the governor strengthened Iowa's move over laws with stricter penalties
"I believe everyone is starting to catch on," Suckow said.
Police and Hanifen are banding together to make sure their message is heard loud and clear
"All we're asking is that people simply obey the law...give them room to do their job," Linen County sheriff Brian Gardner said.
Not just for your own safety, but for they safety of those who may never see it coming
"Some people don't get to go home, their family doesn't get to see them anymore," Thomas said.
"Just, move over."
The Department of Transportation says so far this year they have convicted more than 100 drivers under the "Move Over" law.