The Move Over Law is supposed to force drivers to move over for tow trucks and other vehicles with amber lights, in addition to emergency vehicles. It's intended to promote safety, but everyone is not following the law. Our Iris St. Meran sat down with a tow truck driver who is now recovering after a hit and run incident last weekend. He's sharing his story to encourage all drivers to obey the law.
WEST MONROE, N.Y. -- Being a tow truck driver is in Dorwin Lyboult's blood. He's had many close calls through the years on the job. Nothing compares to what he experienced while helping a customer Saturday evening on Interstate 81 as a tractor trailer was quickly moving closer to him.
Lyboult said, "The only thing I could do is I tucked as close to my truck, hoping pieces of my truck would take the blow from me. It actually didn't end up making any contact with the truck. It was just my body that took the contact."
The truck slowed down, but did not stop. Lyboult is thankful the stranded customer helped him until emergency personnel arrived. But the road to recovery is just beginning.
"It tore open my stomach.” Lyboult explained. “It was down to actually down to the last layer of tissue on my stomach before it would have been more trouble."
The father of four is eager to get back to work to support his family, but doesn't know when that will be. The only thing he can do right now is encourage all drivers to obey the Move Over Law.
The law originally required drivers to move over when emergency vehicles are stopped on the side of the road or to slow down to a safe speed when moving over isn't possible. The law was expanded in 2011 to include tow trucks and hazard vehicles. Lyboult hopes sharing his story will make more drivers move over.
"They're supposed to move over for us. We're there to make other people safe. It doesn't work if we're not safe at the same time.” He went on to urge safety by saying, “Watch out, when the lights are there, something is going on in that area. Somebody could be coming in front or behind a truck. They really need to be watching out for us because we're not given much room on the side to do what we have to do."
He's had this superman tattoo on his arm for years and says that's exactly who he feels like.
"I got lucky enough to live through it," Lyboult explained.
Lyboult hopes when he returns to work luck and safe drivers will continue to be on his side so he'll never have to tempt fate again.