Jared Story owner and operator of JS TruckMart is helping to send out a reminder to the public after many close calls with traffic.
He recalls the most recent incident, "We were just doing a simple tow, we had a tractor trailer break down on the highway, we were splitting the tractor from the trailer so we could tow both units back to Estevan. We had a truck at both ends of the broken truck with our flashing lights on. And we were busy doing our jobs splitting the two so we could tow them safely back to town. Traffic was flowing both directions on the highway beside us, and a very small percentage of those people slowed down or pulled over."
Story has been a party to many calls out to highways where people have not slowed down, "It's not just me, its everybody that shows up to these, it doesn't matter if your on the side of the road changing a tire for yourself, or you stop so your kid can take a pee. You'd expect someone to slow down and give you some space, so you don't get squashed. Even a stone getting shot off a tire could injure somebody. You want to slow down and give that person space if its possible to pull over. It's not just me or the one incident the other night, its like every single time we ever go out to a broke down vehicle even on the side of the road with the Fire Department and RCMP both present, and had people disregard the law and blast past us at full speed."
Story wants to remind the public of the potential for your loved one to be involved in a potentially fatal situation, "They need to remember that it could be their children, their friends, or their parents there working for in that car that they're helping. People need to put themselves in the other person's situation for a minute and think, would I want to be passed at 100km/h 18 inches from myself. That's what people need to stop and think about."
He reminds us that it is not just towing trucks to slow down for, "This is for all emergency vehicles or anyone stuck on the side of the highway that needs help."