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Spirit Ride goes through Iowa to raise awareness for "Move Over" law

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Each year, 100 first responders are killed working on the roadways and 60% of them are towers, according to American Towman. That's why they launched "Spirit Ride", a national program to spread awareness to drivers to slow down and mover over, like the law says to do.

"To get people conscious of the fact that they should, when they see the lights on the road, that they should slow down and they should get over," Mike Corbin, Spirit Ride ambassador, said.

Spirit Ride is currently traveling throughout the country to spread its message. On Tuesday, it stopped in Iowa in Washington and Monticello.

On that day, Koob Automotive & Towing, of Monticello, wasn't carrying a vehicle instead a casket. They led the procession from Monticello to the Spirit Ride's next stop in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Throughout the ride, a casket is carried with the help of local tow companies. It's out in view for passersby to see and is painted, with pictures of first responders at work.

"The red is the blood sacrifice, the white represents the spirit of the fallen, and the blue represents the loss to family," Corbin points out.

Organizers of the ride say, despite there being a move over law in all 50 states, too many people are not aware of it. For first responders, working alongside the roads puts them at a vulnerability.

"The danger comes for us from out on the highways. Most of us could stand here and tell you today about the close calls and dangerous situations we've been in is simply being on the highway trying to assist the motoring public," Greg Graver, Jones County Sheriff, said during the ride's stop.

It's a scare first responders and towers are all too familiar with.

"We're only two foot off the highway, if that, and it doesn't but a few seconds to drift that far and it happens," Steve Koob, owner of Koob Automotive & Towing, said. "There are people killed on the highways every year due to somebody's inattentiveness."

The message goes further in Iowa. Not only are drivers required to slow down and move over for first responders and utility workers with their emergency lights on, come July 1, the law expands to any and all vehicles with its emergency lights on.


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