Dragging Death Prompts Colorado Tow-truck Bill

April 28, 2011

Tow-truck drivers and the widow of a Colorado Springs tow-truck driver dragged to his death earlier this year are headed to the Colorado Capitol to call for safety changes.

The drivers want to see lawmakers pass a Senate bill that would require tow-truck drivers to affix large stickers to drivers’ windows alerting drivers that the vehicle is being towed. The driver who killed 35-year-old Allen Rose told police she didn’t know Rose was towing her vehicle.

The safety bill also creates a new misdemeanor of assaulting a towing-truck operator trying to tow a car. Drivers say they are sometimes attacked by angry drivers and need more protection.

Finally, the bill requires passing drivers to give tow trucks wider berth. A Senate committee hears the bill Wednesday afternoon.

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