Here I Come to Save the Day


Photo Credit: TK Hammonds

My grandson is into superheroes, which reminded me of a post I wrote a while back.

Growing up, I use to watch Mighty Mouse, a superhero mouse character who would say,

“Here I come to save the day!”

While tow truck operators don’t wear capes or have super powers, I think they should be admired for great and brave acts performed every day they come to work. They don’t get the rewards they deserve, but they do pay the price of possibly being injured or even killed.

Educating the motoring public about the Move Over, Slow Down law is key. They need to be made aware of the dangers tow operators face when working on the roadways, and the fact they are real people who — like everyone else — want to go home every night.

I’m amazed at the number of people who still don’t know that the law includes tow trucks.

Education in safety procedures for tow operators working on the roadways is also a top priority, along with enforcement of the law.

I listened to a podcast from Tow Times about ideas on how to educate the motoring public about the Move Over, Slow Down law, and the fact that a big obstacle to the law is its enforcement. I was encouraged to hear that this was being addressed though the vision of law enforcement having the ability to record incidents not just on a dash camera, but on a camera that has a 360-degree recording capability that begins as soon as their lights are activated.  Then officers could later review the footage to see if there were any violations.

Cristopher Reeve, who played Superman in several movies, said:

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Tow operators are everyday heroes. They don’t get media coverage or medals, but as an industry, we do need to do everything possible to help them save the day.