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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 05 - December 11, 2018

State Seeks to Stiffen [b]‘Move Over’ Penalties

New Jersey lawmakers are seeking to increase penalties for drivers who don't move over for first responders. The new measure was approved by the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee on Dec. 3. It would stiffen the penalties for violators of the state's decade-old "Move Over Law," and would require the state Division of Motor Vehicles to create a public-awareness campaign about the issue as well. The proposed measure must be passed by the full state senate and assembly and then signed by Gov. Phil Murphy to become law. Source:
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Tow Company Prepares for Call Increase

The roads could get a little icier and a lot more accident-prone in Lawton, Oklahoma. That means tow trucks are put into service. On an average day, the towing service receives about 25 to 30 calls, but with winter weather on the horizon that number could triple. "We put another dispatcher on," said Elaine Hilz, the general manager of Checker Wrecker & Auto Salvage. "We increase our drivers just to make sure we are able to respond to everybody in a timely manner because being on the side of the road is a scary situation anyway. So, we want them on the side of the road as [little] time as possible." Source:

Woman Hits Towman, [b]Charged with DWI

A Port Chester, New York, woman was charged with DWI after she crashed her car into a tow truck as its driver was getting out, then hit a police vehicle Saturday morning. The suspect, a police officer and the Alex and Son Tow Co. towman were treated for injuries at Westchester Medical Center; all have been released. The towman sustained a broken leg and the officer sustained back and neck injuries, police said. Greenburgh detectives are conducting an investigation. Anyone with information can contact them at 914-989-1700. Source:
Tow Company Prepares for Call Increase
Company has added another dispatcher in anticipation of high call volume
State Seeks to Stiffen ‘Move Over’ Penalties
New Jersey measure would also start a public-awareness campaign
Woman Hits Towman, Charged with DWI
Towman suffers broken leg, officer suffers back and neck injuries

B&B’s Bill Bottoms Dies

Tow industry icon William "Bill" Bottoms, 77, passed away at his home Dec. 7. He suffered a massive stroke earlier in the week.

Bottoms owned B&B Industries in Elkhart, Indiana, and was the former owner of Challenger Manufacturing. In 1987, he was inducted into the Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame.

A statement on the company's Facebook page said:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I write these words tonight. Unfortunately, B&B Industries has lost its beloved founder and owner Bill Bottoms. Bill has passed away suddenly after suffering a massive stroke Sunday night. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten. He was a true legend in the towing industry, a creative innovator, and a great leader. The entire Bottoms family thanks all of you for your prayers and support."

Bottoms' funeral is today (December 10), 2 p.m. at McGann Hay Granger Chapel in Granger, Indiana. The family asked for those wishing to make memorial donations to consider St. Joseph County Humane Society in Mishawaka, Indiana.

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Ascending ... [b]and Achieving

This is the time of year that many professional people do an evaluation of sorts. Oftentimes it usually has a theme of, "Have I advanced in my career, my business ... my life? Am I better off today than I was at last year this time?"

Of course, the only person that can answer that is you. Do you feel that you did the necessary things to move forward this past year? Did you get that training? Did you lead your team to the best of your ability? Has the business advanced?

It seems as if (as Johnny Nash once sang) "there are more questions than answers." But in those questions are the necessary impetus for moving forward ... for ascending.

It's never too late for your business or your life to take off. It's never too late to do those things that you planned to do this year; but for one reason or another, you never got around to it.

And of course, for those who may have had unfortunate setbacks in 2018, it's never too late for course-correction.

The important thing to always remember is that it CAN be done. Your life, your business can be in a position of ascending—anytime the motor behind it—YOU—makes it happen.

With that in mind, you'll be in the positive state of achieving.

--Charles Duke
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Python Introduced at [b]AT Expo

DSC 0005 87fa2Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing introduced its new light-duty Python at the American Towman Exposition XXX last month.

The new Dynamic Python light-duty unit has a 5,000-lbs. wheel lift with 84" of reach. The Python boom has a vertically mounted single-deck cylinder for a quicker hookup. The boom is mounted right next to the cab and dropped below the deck, providing more visibility and reduces weight transfer to the rear wheels.

This new design keeps more weight on the front axle, which provides increased stability. The company said the Python comes with the largest toolboxes in the industry and has easy access to the hydraulics.

The Python comes standard with an all-steel one-piece body; lighter, rust-resistant poly fenders are an option. The Dynamic Python is available as a wheel lift, drag winch, or with a recovery boom with single- or dual-winch options.
By Don Lomax
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