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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 20 - March 26, 2019
A small plane crossed in front of towman Bill Chan (inset) as he was driving and slammed across a road, just missing him near Buttonville Airport in Ontario, Canada, on March 12. Image - Bill Chan; Image of Bill Chan: Tina MacKenzie/CBC.

Texas Task Force Tackles ‘Move Over’

Law enforcement in Potter and Randall counties in Texas are increasing patrols to find violators of the Move Over law. During the last week in February, the new task force stopped nearly 100 drivers for violating the law.

Safety Manager David Ferril of T-Miller Wrecker Service in Amarillo said he supports what the task force is doing.

"The towing industry did (the American Towman Spirit Ride) campaign last year where they brought a casket and they went all around the United States and actually came through Amarillo twice last year trying to raise awareness," he said. "We're still just losing operators way too often."

Bob Douthit Autos is a 24-hour tow service in Pampa; Bob Douthit himself was killed in 2002 by a drunk driver while operating on the side of the road.

The company said it is passionate about the Move Over law because of their loss.

"It's just very important to us because of that and it devastated our whole family," said Rick Garrison, manager of Bob Douthit Autos and VP of Southwest Tow Operators.

"There's been numerous times I've been out and nearly got hit on the side of the highway working an accident or just a breakdown," he said. "It seems like the breakdowns for a tow truck driver are more dangerous than even the accidents because you're out there by yourself."

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