‘Spirit Ride’ Hopes To Act As Stern Reminder for Drivers

Jul 12, 2018, 1:24 AM | Updated: 1:37 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The “Spirit Ride” caravan is making its way across the country to remind drivers to “slow down and move over.”

It hoped to make its mark on motorists in Utah Wednesday.

As part of the event, a flat bed tow truck hauls a casket to remind drivers of to slow down and move over when first responders, tow truck drivers and others are helping out on the side of our highways and roadways.

“It’s a very strong and powerful message, I think, for me and hopefully for other motorists when they see it. It’s not a real funeral, but it could be a real funeral,” said “Spirit Ride” Ambassador Mike Corbin, who was struck by a car while acting as a Good Samaritan.

Like a funeral, the casket was part of a procession with South Salt Lake police and other local tow truck drivers.

Ted Sterling, the owner of Adams Towing, a South Salt Lake City business, says helping someone on the side of the road can be nerve-wracking even after almost four decades in the business.

“You roll up, you get out, you hook it. You know, it’s when you hear the brakes squeal or somebody hit a horn and you have your back turned, you don’t know what way to jump. And that’s, you know, it’s spooky. You’ve done it forever and it still scares the heck out of you,” he said.

The procession ended at the Capitol where folks honored and remembered those hit and killed in these types of situations.

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‘Spirit Ride’ Hopes To Act As Stern Reminder for Drivers