COLORADO (KRDO) -- Colorado State Patrol (CSP) is reminding drivers the phrase "slow down, move over" applies to tow and maintenance vehicles too.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 30% of people know this law despite similar laws in all 50 states.
In Colorado, vehicles are required to slow down and move over for police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and maintenance vehicles.
CSP says with motorists failing to comply with this law, coupled with other driving distractions, roadside workers are vulnerable to the dangers of those traveling around them.
“I believe the Towing Business to be the fourth emergency service. It is positioned after the Police, the Fire Fighters, and the Emergency Ambulance service. The Towing Service keeps traffic moving and keeps people safe. It is, therefore, a most valuable community service to contribute to," said Richard Sanders, owner of Knob Hill Towing in Colorado Springs, in a CSP press release.
Colorado law requires drivers to safely move one lane away from emergency, tow, or maintenance vehicles. If they're unable to move over, speed must be reduced to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.