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With the rampant increase in distracted driving towers need every advantage available to avoid costly accidents. Tow Industry Week Business Editor Brian J. Riker gives a presentation on the dynamic nature of tow trucks when loaded v. empty, following distance and other traffic hazards surely could help prevent some crashes. Join him for his seminar, “Defensive Driving/Driving Professionalism,” during Tow Industry Week, taking place at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 8-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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ESTRA Seeks Blue Lights Support; FASNY Opposes

New York's Empire State Towing & Recovery Association is urging the towing industry to call state legislators in support of S80/A4438. The bill would allow tow trucks to display rear-facing amber and blue lights "while engaged in a hazardous operation." The bill, introduced on Jan. 9, is currently with the state's Transportation Committee. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York recently drafted a letter in opposition of the bill, stating the towing industry is best served "through increased enforcement of the Move Over Law," and other means. Source: ESTRA.
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CTTA to Auction Ram/Jerr-Dan Truck

Thanks to donors Worldwide Equipment Sales and Jerr-Dan, the California Tow Truck Association will be auctioning off a new 2018 Ram 5500 HD/Jerr-Dan MPL-NG aluminum body at its Industry Leaders & Awards Night on May 10. The event takes place at the 2019 American Towman ShowPlace in Las Vegas. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the CTTA Foundation, which is a 501(c)3, established to provide funding and support for education within the towing industry. Along with the Jerr-Dan MPL-NG aluminum body, the unit is complete with a Cummins 6.7L diesel engine, AM/FM/SXM satellite with Bluetooth, wired membrane remote, 8,000-lbs. winch, 4,000-lbs. wheel lift and more. Source: CTTA.

Tow Fee Raised to $125 in Bloomington

The Bloomington (Indiana) City Council approved an increase of city-initiated towing service fees Wednesday night. The base fees of $55 and $65 will increase to $125. Ken Parrish, owner of Ken's Westside Service and Towing, said his employees receive about 30 percent of the fee to tow a vehicle as their pay. "To give a decent wage to these workers now, these rates have got to go up," Parrish said at a March 6 council meeting. Source: idsnews.com.
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Bill Calls for Safer Work Zones

A bill sponsored by Washington State Rep. Bill Jenkin was unanimously approved by the state's House of Representatives March 12. The bill, 1469, seeks to modify the current provisions relating to how drivers approach emergency and work zone vehicles.

"People working on our roadways are continually placed in harm's way. Often, they are forced to jump out of the way of vehicles driving too fast around them," said Jenkin. "Firefighters, law enforcement officers and tow truck drivers have been killed working on the side of our roadways. My bill is a common-sense solution intended to save lives."

The bill would require drivers passing an emergency or work zone vehicle to reduce speed, change lanes and move away from the vehicle.

"This bill was initially brought to my attention by some of my local tow truck drivers. They wanted to know if there was anything that could be done to get drivers to slow down when approaching them on our roadways, similar to what drivers are supposed to do for first responders," Jenkin said.

"We all know the importance of slowing down when we approach an emergency vehicle on the side of the road, or drive through a construction work zone," he said. "Tow truck drivers deserve the same standard. My bill is about safety, bringing awareness to an increasing problem and saving lives."

Source: keprtv.com.
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Marketing Steps Up

Marketing to the towing industry has really stepped up. Better graphics, clear and precise information and most of all well-developed product by suppliers is truly advancing the industry.

I have the privilege of looking at many of the websites of suppliers in gathering information and doing research for the preparation of both Tow Industry Week and American Towman. It's very rare that I have to call contacts in the industry for an explanation as to the products that they are promoting. The marketing has become so much more sophisticated and professional over time.

When I came back to the industry five years ago, I was truly floored by the gains the industry had made since my last exposure to it nearly 20 years prior. This is well-reflected in the suppliers' product and service marketing. May its messaging—and product—continue to move forward.

--Charles Duke
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