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First responders partner with Spirit Ride to promote 'move over' law

Douglas County first responders gathered at Wildlife Safari in Winston for a ceremony to promote the law and highlight the consequences of ignoring it.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2018 6:38 PM
Updated: Aug. 7, 2018 6:56 PM

WINSTON, Ore. -- First responders are raising awareness about the 'slow down, move over' law by partnering with Spirit Ride.

Spirit Ride is a nation-wide campaign highlighting the sacrifices of first responders that are killed when drivers don’t follow the law, which requires drivers to move into a non-adjacent lane or slow down when approaching a vehicle stopped on the side of the road.

Every year 100 men and women are killed on average in the line of duty when responding to wrecks.

On Tuesday, law enforcement, firefighters and towing companies gathered at Wildlife Safari in Winston for a ceremony to promote the need for public to obey the law.

Gary Provencal, owner of Kokua Towing, said while they’re saving lives, they need you to protect theirs.

"Just passing a law doesn’t cut it," Provencal said. "Everybody needs to be made aware and kept aware that when you see emergency services on the side of the road, slow down or move over. It’s important to all of us. We all want to go home at the end of the day.”

The commemorative casket is on its way to California.

When this year’s tour is completed in November, it will have covered well over 30,000 miles.

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