GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Move Over Law has been implemented in North Carolina since 2002, but first responders and tow truck drivers say people are still not as courteous to emergency vehicle as they would like.

That's why more than 10,000 tow trucks are participating in the Spirit Ride, riding across the country to spread their message.

The ride kicked off in Kernersville and is expected to make its first stop in the Raleigh area, before continuing west.

In total, the ride will stop in over 140 cities across the country from North Carolina to California.

The first responders say people can help secure emergency scenes by simply slowing down and moving over.

"Look out for us. It’s not just tow truck drivers. Look out for police, fire EMS and road workers," stated Brandon Hedricks, owner of Sure Shot Towing. "I think the number right now is 1,200 tow truck operators a year get killed."

The Battalion Chief of Kernersville Fire Department elaborated on the subject stating, "There's not a day that goes by in the United States that someone doesn't get hit out on a highway while working an emergency scene."

"A lot of people fuss and complain cause we take one lane of a four lane interstate and park a truck in it in emergency situations, but that's there to protect us. That's why people need to slow down and move over."

You can follow the Spirit Ride journey by visiting the map on the event website. 

Check out a map of the route here.

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