INA Towing Network and Partners in Over One Launch overone.org
One towing operator dies every six days while on the job according to Jeffrey Godwin, Chairman of the museum’s Wall of the Fallen and its Survivor Fund. Recent statistics cite sixty DOT personnel are killed annually with 12 police officers and 5 firefighters.
On September 14, 2016 in Chattanooga, TN, The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum added 22 new names to the Wall of the Fallen during its 10th annual ceremony honoring towing operators who have died in the line of service. The names include those from previous years as the details of the fatalities became known. These are 400 men and women who would have gone home to their families and their loved ones, but couldn’t because they gave their lives that day.
We can’t do everything in life, but we can do something; and when everyone does a little, a lot gets done. On November 17, 2016, INA Towing Network, LLC and partners in Over One launched OverOne.org. The message is simple: “Move over one lane when you come up on vehicles on the side of the road.” To get this message out, OverOne.org has three strategies: (1) evoke the public consciousness to understand that they are the most powerful source to define life and death on our Nation’s highways, (2) to educate and make them aware that they need to make a life change so first responders can live theirs, and (3) to unite all common industry first-responders to train, educate, and motivate the public we serve to just move Over One so we can Lose None!
One of the biggest challenges to do this, is collecting the data of incidences to billboard that there is a real problem that needs to be addressed. On the site, OverOne.org has resources to do this very thing and make it available to the public such as the Towing Traffic Incident Reporting System (TTIRS). This national, online, and voluntary reporting system gives the towing industry a new way to report struck-by and near-miss events involving tow operator safety. The primary goal of TTIRS is to collect and quantify data so member associations can utilize the data to advocate for Move Over enforcement and education and to develop safety protocol and training for the towing industry. The basis of this message is not feeling, sentient or opinion – it is fact – real numbers that represent fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and children.
A simple action to move over a lane and give them room to work can save many lives every year without them paying the ultimate sacrifice of their own life.
It begins with you: Be aware! Decide to care! Just make it a life decision to move Over One so they can live!
Remember it begins and can end with you! Over One – Lose NONE!