In early May, a first responder in Dickson County en route to a citizen in distress soon found herself in need of rescue. According to a report from Nashville-based ABC affiliate WKRN, Dickson County Emergency Management Agency firefighter Toni Stinson was responding to a call when she was hit by a semi-tractor trailer and rolled. Miraculously, Stinson walked away and lived to tell the tale, but many others haven’t been as fortunate.
According to a study by The National Safety Council, 180 people died in crashes involving emergency vehicles in 2020. In 2006, Tennessee became the 30th state to pass a “move over” law, which requires motorists to move to an adjacent lane and slow down in the presence of any emergency vehicle. The American Automobile Association says a first responder and roadside assistant loses his life approximately every two weeks while tending to vehicles stopped on the side of the road.
In order to keep first responders and yourself safe, be cognizant of your surroundings. Keep your car radio volume low so you can hear the sound of oncoming emergency vehicles. Once you hear a vehicle approaching, check to see where it’s headed and move out of the way. After the emergency vehicle passes, stay at least 500 feet behind it.
If you’ve been in an accident or have a “move over” violation on your record, contact Scott and his team of independent agents. They’ve been helping Middle Tennessee residents find affordable coverage regardless of their history. Give them a chance to help with your fresh start today.