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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMay 23 - May 29, 2018

Woman Gets 28 Years for Towman's Death

Staring at 30 years in prison, defendant Allison Huffman decided to show remorse and apologize to the victim's family. "I'm really sorry, I hope you can find peace," she said. Huffman had pleaded guilty to a 2016 hit-and-run crash that killed tower Roger Perez-Borotto in Tampa, Florida. Zari Perez, the sister of Perez-Borotto, blamed Huffman. "I do have mercy on her, but it is hard to forgive someone who rips a loved one away from you." The judge sentenced Huffman to 28 years in prison. Source:
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Champion's Towing Hosts Ride Ceremony

The Spirit Ride, referred to by some as "America's Traveling Memorial Day for first responders," rode into Champion's Towing in Starkville, Mississippi, where a ceremony took place Tuesday. Towmen, locals, law enforcement and firefighters came out for the event. Champion's Towing said the Spirit Ride meant a lot to them. "It's aggravating because when you're on the side of the road, especially a one-man operation, that one man, his responsibility is to get that car on his truck, get it strapped down, get it chained down; and if he's having to keep looking behind him to make sure everybody is getting over, you know, it takes him that much longer," said Donald Barksdale Jr., Champion's Towing's owner. Source:

Fuel Prices Jump for [b]Ninth Week

Diesel prices across the U.S. increased for the ninth consecutive week, dating back to March. For the week ending May 21, the U.S. average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel jumped 3.8 cents to $3.277, according to the Department of Energy's latest numbers. During this run of price increases, the national average diesel price has jumped 26.7 cents. The most significant increase was in California at 4.4 cents. The most expensive diesel can also be found in California at $4.016 per gallon. Source:
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Spirit Ride Spreads Message in South

A group of towmen, local law enforcement officers and first responders hit the streets in Gardendale, Alabama, May 19 as part of a Spirit Ride event. The group also honored the lives lost as a result of someone not following the Move Over law.

They started the ride at Gardendale Baptist Church, then rode through Vestavia and Tuscaloosa and ended the trip in Starkville, Mississippi.

Towman Chris Birdsong of Vestavia Tire Express in Birmingham helped organize the event.

"The Slow Down-Move Over law was enacted in 2006. And sadly, still today a lot of people don't even know that it exists. And they don't realize the danger when they're in their car, what we're going through working on the side of the road," said Birdsong.

The Spirit Ride continues to spread the message in the South this week with the following stops: Ward's Wrecker Service Inc.; Jackson, Mississippi, May 23; S&H Truck Parts/S&H Towing & Recovery; Grand Bay, Alabama, May 24; All About Towing Inc.; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Moss Towing; Bay St. Louis, Mississippi; Walker Towing; Picayune, Mississippi, all on May 25; and Lee's Towing; Zachary, Louisiana, May 26.

Sources:, AT staff.
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Cash Talks and ...

There have been many municipalities and governmental agencies taking issue with the towman's insistence on being paid cash instead of taking credit card payments. I will admit that I didn't understand the towman's resistance to any other form of payment until recently.

Unfortunately, the public at large still doesn't consider the towman a specialist. Such a wide-held attitude has led to disrespect for this industry; and the public, along with the help of governmental agencies, has made the towman's image as one who mostly fleeces the public.

But what about the motoring public who pays the towman with a check ... only to stop the check once the towman has done his job? Then the towman has to either pursue it legally or not get paid. The same scenario exists with credit card payments, where the motorist sometimes claims that they were "coerced" into paying and convinces their issuing bank not to pay the tow company.

All of that sounds like fleecing to me.

So, you know what they say: Cash talks and (you know the rest).

--Charles Duke
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