Spirit Ride raises awareness for state's move over law

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Rand Hiesa drives a tow truck, and he says death passed him on the highway.

"I was walking by my truck, and the car came right beside me. Running about 75 miles an hour, and if I had stepped out I would have been gone," Hiesa said.

That's why he was happy to drive in the Spirit Ride.

"We just want people to be aware, so we are safe just like other people want to be safe," Hiesa said.

The convoy of emergency and tow vehicles aimed to raise awareness for Colorado's Move Over law. You have to slow down and move over for emergency or tow vehicles on the side of the road.

"The vehicles oncoming actually slow down below the speed limit, and get over in the next available lane if there is another available lane," said Public Information Officer for Colorado State Patrol, Dan Chermok.

Dan knows firsthand what happens when drivers don't follow the law.

"A little over four years ago I was hit by a distracted driver, I was on a roadside assistance," Chermok said.

The accident had a lasting impact.

"Over the last four years I've had, between doctors appointments and therapies and different things, over three hundred appointments," Chermok said.

The red, white and blue casket stood as a solemn reminder.

"The casket stands for the spirits, in the casket of the people that have lost their life," Hiesa said.

So if you see vehicles on the side of the road, make sure to slow down, and move over.

"I'm a tow truck driver, but I have family and people that love me and they want me home at night," Hiesa said.

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