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Spirit Ride to honor first responders, raise awareness for Move Over Law

A national movement will make its way through Wilmington this coming weekend. (Source: Spirit Ride) A national movement will make its way through Wilmington this coming weekend. (Source: Spirit Ride)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A national movement will make its way through Wilmington this coming weekend. As part of the Spirit Ride, a casket symbolizing those killed while working in the roadways will land at ILM on April 14th. 

Organizer Crystal Treanor said the casket will first be brought to Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, where the public can pay their respects to first responders who have died while working on highways.

According to Johnnie Whaley from Kirby's Towing, the ride is part of a movement to raise awareness about the Move Over law. The law requires drivers to move to avoid emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, including tow trucks, when possible.

More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America's highways, according to Move Over America.

Local towing companies will escort the casket to South Carolina. Organizers say the ride will start at 10:00am, and end in Myrtle Beach.

To learn more about the Spirit Ride, check out their Facebook page here.

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