BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It has been such a mild winter so far that many people were wondering if WNY would get much snow and ice this season. The question was answered after widespread freezing rain and snowfall returned to the area; something that is more usual for February.
Winter weather is also a reminder of the importance of road safety - especially for tow truck drivers.
"Statistics actually show once every six days a tow truck driver is killed by someone who doesn't move over," said Daniel Gerbec, a towing operator for the AAA of Western & Central NY.
The NYS Move Over Law requires motorists to give emergency vehicles with flashing lights space to perform operations safely by moving vehicles one lane over or slowing down if unable to change lanes.
While many people are following the law, Gerbec and other tow operators, such as Callahan Towing in the Orleans County Town of Holley, say some drivers are putting their lives at risk by distracted driving or just not caring.
"You can see them and make eye contact with them when they are going 60-70 mph next to you. You can see they are looking right at you," explained Gerbec.
"We are putting ourselves out there and we don't have the choice of our working conditions," added Sarah Callahan, who had been previously bumped by a vehicle while working with her towing company.