American Towman Spirit Ride stops in Sioux City
SIOUX CITY, Ia —
An Iowa state law requires motorists to change lanes or slow down when approaching a stationary emergency, tow or maintenance vehicle that has it's flashing lights activated.
The National Safety Commission says 71% of Americans are not aware of this law.
Some call it a traveling Memorial Day or the Spirit Rider but most importantly they call it a life saver.
It's a traveling red, white and blue casket that stands for a fallen first responder who was killed on the side of a roadway on duty.
This is the second time the Spirit Rider has traveled across the country to raise awareness.
"The two reasons why we're doing this is to pay tribute to first responders that have been struck and killed on the side of the road and secondly it's to raise awareness for slow down move over," says Meier Towing Service Inc. owner Jeff Day.
The Spirit Rider is relayed across the country by different tow truck companies and Meier Towing Service Incorporated is sponsoring the Siouxland portion of the journey.
"I'm honored to be able to do it," says Day.
Sioux City Police Chief Rex Mueller says if he could give any advice to drivers is to be aware.
Their heads are on a swivel and it's a difficult thing to do and we can't do it all alone and as careful are first responders are we require and desperately need the assistance to the public so they can stay safe season," says Chief Mueller.
And it's not just first responds and law enforcement, it's the tow truckers too.
"On this Father's Day weekend I think it's so fitting because we just want to go home we have a job to do and a family to take care of and we just want people to give us the room we need so we can go home to them," says Day.
The next stop on their jouney is Grand Island, Nebraska.
The Spirit Ride started off in North Carolina and has already been to over fifty stops.