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Co-owner of Thomas Towing in California died Dec. 3
Need to change old laws to reflect increased dangers
Charley’s Crane Service says character represents “kindness”
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Santiago Perez Jr., co-owner of Thomas Towing in Santa Barbara, California, was killed in a construction accident Dec. 3, according to city police. A GoFundMe account has been created to assist his family. Image -

Towman Perez Killed in Construction Yard Accident

Santiago Perez Jr., co-owner of Thomas Towing in Santa Barbara, California, was killed in a construction accident Dec. 3, city police said.

Perez, 35, was crushed by a 50' steel beam that weighed an estimated 7,200 lbs. at Kenney Construction. Cal/OSHA and County Coroner's Bureau officials were called to the scene and the incident remained under investigation at press time.

Thomas Towing's Facebook page announced his death, and a GoFundMe account has been created to assist his family.

"He loved his job and all of you who were part of it," the Facebook post reads. "We appreciate those who have reached out and shown your love and support. We all send love to his wife, two children, his family, and the entire community affected by this great loss. Our lives are forever changed."


N.J. 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.

A radio host's opposition to the measure has sparked backlash—even from Gov. Murphy.

Judi Franco, a talk-show host on radio station New Jersey 101.5-FM, wrote a column calling the bill "silly." The headline: "Dead cops make bad laws."

Franco blamed the original law for creating "a hazardous trend of drivers noticing the activity too late and panicking and stopping short or trying to move over too quickly."

"A dead cop is sad," she wrote. "But a horrible tragedy doesn't warrant a law that puts other drivers at risk and is almost impossible to enforce."

Wayne Blanchard, president of the State Troopers' Fraternal Association, demanded an apology from the station. In a statement, Blanchard dismissed Franco's column as a "poorly written 'opinion' piece" designed to "stir the pot for ratings."

Blanchard also noted that seven police officers in New Jersey have been struck by drivers who failed to move over since August.


Oshkosh Wins Employees'[b] Choice Award

Oshkosh Corp., parent company of Jerr-Dan, recently was honored with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2019. The award relies solely on the input of employees, who decide whether provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor.

This is the second consecutive year that Oshkosh has earned the award; achieving an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5. Oshkosh was ranked No. 65 out of the top 100 largest companies on Glassdoor.

"Earning a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award for the second consecutive year is something we're extremely proud to accomplish. As we continue to grow our People First culture, we're especially honored that this award is based on reviews and feedback from current and former team members," said Robert H. Sims, Oshkosh Corp. EVP and Chief Administration & Human Resources Officer.

In addition to being honored with a Glassdoor Employees' Choice Award for the second consecutive year, Oshkosh was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies (2016, 2017, 2018) by Ethisphere Institute and a Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media. Earlier in 2018, Oshkosh was named one of the World's Most Admired Companies by Fortune, as well as one of Barron's "100 Most Sustainable Companies"


Field Tests of Move[b] Over Camera Concluded

Brekford Traffic Safety announced it has successfully concluded field tests of its Argos Guardian slow down/move over enforcement technology in Ohio. The testing was completed in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and tow truck companies to validate the efficiency of Brekford's automated enforcement solutions as well as highlight the issue of consistent motorist violation of the law.

Field tests were completed in two Ohio cities between September and November to identify and capture violations of the state's Move Over Law. Encompassing 80 stops and approximately 14 hours of enforcement time, the field tests captured 545 violations for an average of 0.7 per minute. With an average stop time of 10 minutes, there were approximately seven violations per traffic stop during the testing period.

''The results of our testing in Ohio confirm much of what we already knew – that there is a significant issue with the adherence to Move Over laws by motorists. At nearly one violation per minute, it's clear that there is a challenge both with enforcement and officer safety that law enforcement agencies struggle to combat on a daily basis,'' said Rod Hillman, Brekford's president/COO.


Silver Medal to [b]U.S. Isuzu Techs

Isuzu Commercial Truck of America announced that its U.S. team of service technicians placed second in the 13th annual Isuzu One Grand Prix World Technician Competition.

This marked the second consecutive year that Team USA won the silver medal in the event, a multi-stage competition requiring outstanding performance on written examinations and in hands-on tests of vehicle diagnosis and repair skills. Prior to 2017, no U.S. team had made the top three in the championship's history.

The team consisted of Kiel Trout of RWC Isuzu Truck in Seattle, Washington, and Matthew Bertagnoli of Lynch Isuzu Truck in Waterford, Wisconsin. Josiah Carr of Susquehanna Isuzu Truck in West Milton, Pennsylvania, attended as an alternate. The team was coached by Justin Ridings, ICTA technical training specialist. Thirty-two countries from six continents competed.

"We are so proud of our team," said Shaun Skinner, president of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America. "Matt's and Kiel's diagnostic and repair skills represented ICTA beautifully and demonstrated that Isuzu service technicians in the United States can go toe-to-toe with the best technicians in the world."


FMCSA Denies 10 Exemption Requests

FMCSA announced in a Dec. 7 Federal Register notice it has denied 10 ELD exemption requests from various trade organizations and associations. The agency officially denied the requests last summer, but it is required to publicly announce the denials in the Federal Register.

Included in the denials was a petition from Towing and Recovery Association of America. TRAA requested a five-year exemption on behalf of the towing industry saying at the time its operations warrants an ELD exemption and the industry planned to continue using and reviewing paper logs to verify their accuracy. FMCSA's denial said though the use of paper logs would have been comparable before the ELD mandate, it's not equivalent to the safety that ELDs provide.

Other agencies and associations denied exemptions by FMCSA were: Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association; Power and Communication Contractors Association; Western Equipment Dealers Association; Association of Energy Service Companies; Cudd Energy Services; SikhsPAC and North American Punjabi Trucker Association; American Disposal Service; National Electrical Contractors Association; and Agricultural Retailers Association.

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