Have You Seen This 53′ Trailer in New Hampshire Lately?
I was driving to work and as I turned the corner at the Portsmouth Traffic Circle on Route 16 North, there it was. It smacked me right in the face, as I quickly checked my speed and lane.
The 53-foot tractor-trailer was thigh above the highway, sitting perfectly centered on the overpass for all oncoming traffic to see.
This same trailer, donated by National Wrecker, made its way around the Granite State over the weekend, stopping at the six Travel Center locations in Southern New Hampshire.
The NH Towing Association is making drivers aware of the Move Over Law, which directs all drivers to slow down and move over to the next lane when there's a vehicle on the side of the road. This allows police, rescuers, and tow truck operators to help with roadside assistance and keep them safe from passing vehicles.
Saturday, October 15, was National Move Over Law Awareness Day, but one day is not enough.
New Hampshire's Towing Association, in conjunction with the New Hampshire State Police, is taking it one step further by using this giant billboard tractor-trailer to spread the message beyond just one day.
According to the NH Towing Association Facebook page, The Move Over Law has been adopted in all 50 states, but 70% of drivers don't know it exists. The law is enforced on all roadways, not just highways.
The Facebook page also states about 70 first responders are killed each year helping drivers on the roads.
It's also the New Hampshire Towing Association's 50th Anniversary. The Association works with state and local law enforcement, as well as state legislation to improve laws and roadside emergency operations.
So, next time you see a first responder or broken-down vehicle on the roadside, slow down and move over. Thank you, New Hampshire Towing Association, for spreading the word.