North Carolina has expanded the laws protecting those working on the side of the road, including police, fire, medic and tow trucks. The new law will also include any crews doing work identified with amber-colored flashing lights.
Drivers that fail to move over for these working crews will be assessed a $250 fine. John Connors, a tow truck dispatcher and victim explains: "A driver sideswiped him and he ended up on the hood of the car he was hooking up,". Another driver Connors works with was off the job for two weeks after getting sandwiched. "He was in between a car and the tow truck and a car came and slammed into the car he was hooking up," Connors says. These types of incidents have been common in his profession, and he hopes the increased fines will mean more people pay attention to how they're driving.
The law has split opinion amongst citizens, as some feel it's perfectly justified while others feel $250 is too steep a fine. This type of financial penalty may deter those that do not pay attention on the road, and may prevents cases like that of the utility worker who was killed while working on the side of the road last November.