Jun 7, 2011 11:30 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Governor signs tow truck driver safety bill into law

Governor John Hickenlooper pens into law the "Allen Rose Tow Truck Safety Act" on the UCCS campus Tuesday afternoon.

Rose was a Colorado Springs tow truck driver who died in February, dragged to death while trying to tow away an SUV from an apartment complex. His widow, Renee, receives a hug from the governor and she receives some closure.

"It has helped with the grieving process knowing that Allen will continue on, not just in our lives but in everyone else's, too," explains Renee Rose.

This law allows tow truck drivers to place stickers on a vehicle to warn people it is being towed, and it is illegal to remove those stickers.

"You recognize it's filling a dramatic need. It's helping to provide some closure, right? A widow. Her kids. To have your life change so dramatically with such a senseless, ridiculous act," remarks Governor Hickenlooper.

"Allen Rose focused us on this issue but then the community really pulled together to try to figure out how to do this and do it in a way that would work for everyone," says State Senate Majority Leader John Morse, (D)-Colorado Springs, a sponsor of the bill.  State Representative Pete Lee, (D)-Colorado Springs, sponsored the bill in the House.

The law also requires people to move over, like they do for other emergency vehicles, while tow truck drivers work.



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