Apr 27, 2011 5:58 PM by Greg Boyce

Senate committee moves to protect tow truck drivers

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers have approved a bill that would require tow-truck drivers to attach stickers to drivers' windows alerting drivers that the vehicle is being towed after a tow truck driver was dragged to his death by a woman who drove off in her car.

Allen Rose was killed in February when he became tangled in the cables.  The bill (Senate Bill 260) won unanimous approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee and now goes to the full Senate for debate.  The bill also creates a new misdemeanor of assaulting a towing-truck operator trying to tow a car.

Tow-truck operators say they are sometimes attacked by angry drivers and need more protection.

Finally, the bill requires passing drivers to give tow trucks wider berth.



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