LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) If you were driving on Interstate 89 in New Hampshire Saturday, you may have seen a large first responder presence at rest areas.
Police, fire fighters, and tow truck drivers were parked at the rest stop in Lebanon. New Hampshire, like every state in the country, has a Move Over law which requires drivers to move into the other lane when passing the scene of an accident or a motor vehicle stop. Officials say about 70 emergency personnel die on roadways across the country every year. The majority are tow truck drivers.
"More tow truck drivers are killed each year than fire and police put together. Nationwide, almost one a week. We got too many people that are being killed so we are out here trying to get people to make an effort to move over," said Darren Carter, director of the New Hampshire Towing Association.
New Hampshire's awareness campaign took place a twelve locations throughout the Granite State. They were held at rest areas on all of the state's major highways.