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To "Award" a driver, is to say thanks to a driver for showing courtesy and thoughtfulness.

To "Flag" a driver, is to warn a driver of his/her rude and/or careless behavior that you have witnessed.

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To "Hazard" a driver is to warn them of a physical hazard that their vehicle exhibits.

DDD 2009

Do Tow Trucks have Authority?

 As I was coming home from work going East bound Toledo Blade in Port Charlotte/North Port, I had a tow truck with his orange lights flashing really tailing me down this road.  He then proceeded to turn his highbeams on and you could see him getting around in my rearview mirror that I would not pull over (I really could not at the time).  So he then decided to get into the other lane into oncoming traffic to pass myself and drivers ahead of me.  I believe he was rushing to I-75.  It has been a while since I've taken driving courses, but do tow trucks have the authority as police and or firefighters and ambulances when it comes to their lights flashing?  MUST you pull over for them? 

Also, do any of you know of a way to look into Tow Truck companies by where they were headed so that I may contact this company for what could have been another accident on their hands involving their own driver?


Thank you for your help!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


Saturday, August 04, 2007

 Tow trucks have NO authority! Do not be intimidated. Report any reckless or unsafe driving to the tow company supervisor, and be sure to note the truck number and/or tag number, date/time and location. Ditto for any other vehicle displaying a company logo, including big rigs.

Rule of thumb is, emergency vehicles, when responding to an emergency, will display RED and/or BLUE lights AND siren. Flashing AMBER lights are displayed on tow trucks, DOT and utility vehicles only to indicate a road hazard. Nothing more.


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