St. Louis metro area tow truck drivers pleading for change: ‘slow down, move over’

Tow truck drivers across the area are coming together with a message: slow down, move over. They say it’s more important than ever after two of their own are recovering. One was hit by a car in St. Charles County last week. The other was shot in St. Louis earlier this month. Sunday morning, a group of tow truck drivers from both Missouri and Illinois gathered in Bethalto to try and get the word out about the dangers of their profession. “I love getting out there and helping people that are stranded and needing help,” said Adam Main, a tow truck driver of 14 years. But Main said every time he steps out of his truck, he’s worried for his life. “Is this going to be the time I get hit again? People will just not move over,” he said. His wife, who’s a daughter of another tow truck driver, is scared, too. “My husband is out there, putting his life on the line to help your mom, help your dad, help your brother or sister on the side of the road,” said Bobbi Main. They say the problem is drivers speeding by and not paying attention. “We have a tow truck driver killed every six days,” said Bobbi Main, who helps run a Facebook page dedicated to tow truck drivers. “They’re not getting the whole thing of ‘slow down, move over.’ It is the law.” Now, this community of tow truck drivers is pleading with others on the road. “Slow down, move over. That’s my husband. That’s my friend. They have families. They have children. They want to go home and spend their anniversaries with their wives,” said Bobbi Main. “We all have families. We want to go home to them. So please slow down; give us some space,” said Adam Main.