RACINE — The Spirit Ride passed through Racine on its way cross-country as it spreads an extremely important message: Slow Down, Move Over. It is the law, and in Ohio, it has been on the books since it went into effect in 2000.
The Spirit Ride is part of an ongoing effort to assure the safety of law enforcement, emergency responders, and tow truck operators responding to roadside incidents. After the death of an Ohio Turnpike worker in 2012, the law was expanded to include roadside construction vehicles and maintenance crews.
The Racine Service Center led the caravan of tow trucks, emergency vehicles, and maintenance vehicles through Racine towards Pomeroy, escorted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department.
The next stop for the ceremonial casket was all the way past Beckley, West Virginia, a drive made on a gorgeous September day. Representatives from local fire departments, the Ohio Department of Transportation, law enforcement, and Meigs County tow operators were present at the ceremonial passing of the baton.
The casket was built by Mike Corbin, who also composed and sang two songs giving tribute to the men and women who were killed by vehicles passing by a stopped emergency vehicle.
In a press release, Spirit Ride President Steve Calitri said that more motorists need to learn to slow down and move over one lane when passing emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the roadside.
The Spirit Ride is a non-profit venture founded by American Towman Magazine and B/A Products. To learn more about the Spirit Ride, visit their Facebook Page or www.atspiritride.com.
Jessica Marcum is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.