Follow Minnesota’s “Move Over” law is the message as “Spirit Ride” advocates make their first sweep through Minnesota. They trucked a symbolic casket up I-35 from Albert Lea to Saint Paul yesterday and stop in Detroit Lakes and Twin Valley today. Tow truck operator Joe Buck from Blaine was struck by a car on a snowy night in 1995 and has had seven knee surgeries since. He says, “People just need to get off their cell phones and concentrate and pay attention to what’s going on on the roadways. When you see emergency lights, please move over. It would save a life.”
Lance Klatt with the Minnesota Professional Towing Association says, “We had Triple A put a body camera on a towing operator, and it showed car after car not moving over and almost striking him. ”
Experts say nationwide 70 percent of motorists don’t know about “Move Over” statutes. Minnesota passed its law after State Trooper Ted Foss was struck and killed by a semi in August of 2000 while conducting a traffic stop on I-90 near Rochester.