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Rome man wants law changed after riding in a vehicle being towed

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Chris Jones of Rome says he, his wife, their daughter, a family friend and his daughter were all on their way back from a three day camping trip at Darien Lake near Rochester Saturday night when his wife was pulled over for speeding.
 
Jones says his wife who was driving, was not only ticketed for speeding, but also ticketed for not having car insurance.  He says she had paid to have the insurance reinstated, and actually had the receipt of payment in the vehicle, but for some reason he says the system showed the insurance was still suspended.
 
Jones says the trooper then took the plates off of their vehicle and called to have a tow truck remove the vehicle from the Thruway.  He says he couldn't believe what happened next, "We got out of the car when the flatbed was raised up and the State Trooper told us to get back in the vehicle, and they loaded us right up on the truck."
 
Jones says he and his four passengers were told to get into the now plateless vehicle and go for a ride in it on the back of the flatbed to get them off the Thruway as well.
 
Jones thought this was illegal, but it's not, "If it was me, I would be charged with endangering the welfare of a child and I think this cop should be fully charged and suspended and until the investigation is over."
 
Trooper Jason Jones, the Public Information Officer for Troop T which covers the New York State Thruway, told News Channel 2 Thursday afternoon that it is legal to ride in a vehicle being towed.
 
Trooper Jones says he couldn't comment on this particular case but did say, "There is no violation whatsoever.  Each case is different, and a determination has to be made at the scene.  Our interest is in personal safety and quick clearance.  There are cars going at a high rate of speed and our main goal is to clear the area as quickly as possible."
 
Chris Jones says the ride was bumpy and dangerous.  He says his daughter, age 9, and his friend's daughter, age 8 were both really scared the entire ride.  Jones says he even called 911 to report what the State Police had done.
 
Jones says he was referred to the New York State Thruway Authority, who also told him it is legal to do.
 

Jones says he hopes legislators take a look at this story and come up with a law banning riding inside of a vehicle being towed, before someone is killed and then a law is named after that person. 

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