Dragging Death Prompts Colo. 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 have passed the first hurdle to enacting safety changes.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a 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 tow truck safety bill, Senate Bill 260, 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.

Rose was killed in February while trying to tow away an SUV in Colorado Springs.

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