A local towing company fears for the safety of its drivers after a number of recent incidents.
Selena Ducharme of Windy Lane Towing explains they've seen numerous incidents of vehicles narrowly missing their staff on Southern Manitoba highways. They've taken to social media to urge drivers to slow down and move over when passing an accident scene.
March 8, a driver was loading a vehicle onto a deck truck when someone nearly hit them at highway speeds, Ducharme says, adding the incident occurred on a four-lane highway with no one in the passing lane.
"The tow truck's lights were flashing and our driver was wearing a high visibility jacket," she says. "There is no possible way that this person could have missed seeing our truck and driver... This driver easily had enough room to merge into the other lane and give our driver ample room to do his job."
Ducharme notes tow trucks are considered an emergency vehicle and by law, motorists must slow down to 60 km/h when passing workers on highways marked with speed limits over 80 km/h. If the posted speed limit is below 80 km/h motorists are required to slow down to 40 km/h.
She urges motorists to be considerate when passing workers on the highway, noting it can make the difference between a life and death situation.
"Our drivers are our family," Ducharme says. "We want them to come home at the end of the day."