AAA Kansas projects will be assisting more than 1,900 stranded motorists during the busy upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Operators and roadside technicians respond to more than 30 million calls each year, including more than 104,000 in Kansas alone in 2018. Nationally, an average of 23 tow operators are killed at the roadside every year with one service provider on average being killed on the job at the roadside every other week.
AAA is recommitting its efforts to increase awareness of and support for Slow Down, Move Over laws. These laws are in place in all 50 states. These laws require motorists to slow down and move over or change lanes, if possible, to give safe clearance.
Kansas State law requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights, including towing and recovery vehicles, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the lane closest if safe and possible to do so, or slow to a speed safe for road, weather and traffic conditions.
If motorists are cited for violating this statute, they will face a $75 fine plus, potentially, additional court costs.