May 6, 2011 3:55 PM by Bill Folsom
(Denver) -Representative Pete Lee (D-Colorado Springs) is working to make it safer for tow-truck operators in Colorado. Senate Bill 11-260, or the "Allen Rose Tow Truck Safety Act", named for the Colorado Springs tow truck operator who was killed on duty in February, passed the House Judiciary Committee today on an unanimous vote.
"This bill creates protections for tow-truck operators while on duty," said Rep. Lee. "It could help prevent another horrible incident like the one that took Allen Rose from his friends and family."
SB11-260 creates two class 3 misdemeanors concerning tow-truck operators on duty: unlawful removal of a tow-truck warning sign, and unlawful placement of a tow-truck warning sign when a vehicle is not being towed or occupied. Operators will affix a magnetic sign to the window of the towed vehicle warning that the vehicle is going to be towed. It also requires drivers to move over and yield the right-of-way to stationary tow-truck operators.
The bill is being sponsored by Senator John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) in the Senate and will receive a third reading in the House early next week.