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Towers Want Tougher Move Over

Tow truck drivers in Chesterfield County, Virginia, are speaking out about the Move Over law and why they're seriously concerned for their safety. Bruce Eagle, owner of Eagle Towing, was helping one of his employees with a disabled RV. Traffic was not moving over, so Eagle put cones out to block the right travel lane. One driver ran through them. Eagle wants the General Assembly to take a tougher stance and would also like to see it made easier to use cones to give crews a safer workspace. Source:
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Towman Killed in Elkin, N.C. Saturday

Towman Benny Gray Sprinkle was killed Saturday night when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle on North Carolina 268 Bypass in Elkin, North Carolina. Sprinkle, 59, was struck while loading a vehicle on a rollback Saturday night when he was hit by an oncoming vehicle traveling westbound, said John Shelton, director of Surry County Emergency Services. The State Road Volunteer Fire Department was one of many fire and emergency groups expressing condolences on social media following the wreck. Its Facebook page read, "While the staff of Moody's doesn't wear State Road bunker gear, they are part of our family. Our prayers go out to his family, the Moody's family, and those who responded last night." Source:

Wet Weather Increases Calls

Wet weather around San Luis Obispo, California, means an increase in calls for local tow companies. They say it's one of the busiest times of the year. Rainy weather typically leads to crashes and other roadside troubles. "A lot of rear-enders, a lot of people that go off the road going a little too fast so they hydroplane off," said Joey Orozco of City Motors in Santa Maria. "We probably get 50 percent more calls on a rainy day," said Christy Winters, dispatcher for Johnboy's Towing. Source:
Towman Killed in Elkin, N.C. Saturday
Benny Gray Sprinkle was killed while loading a vehicle roadside
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Increasing driver distractions are constant concern
Wet Weather Increases Calls
Central California tows increasing with slide-offs

It Takes a Towman

A woman in Hawthorne, New York, is lucky to be alive thanks to a towman and some heroic work by first responders.

Mary Slavik, who is a paraplegic and in a wheelchair, tried to use a chair lift from her basement apartment Saturday and got stuck for nearly six hours.

"All of a sudden, I heard a screech and a boom. I thought there was an accident on 9A," she said.

Slavik and her aide called 911, but EMS, the Westchester County technical rescue team and multiple fire departments from Hawthorne to Pleasantville were unsuccessful getting her off the lift. They then came up with a successful plan to call a tow truck and use its boom to pick her and her wheelchair off the lift.
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The Science of Recovery

I love watching recovery presentations and videos. There have been times that I've sat for hours watching DVR'd "Highway Thru Hell" episodes featuring Jamie Davis Motor Trucking up in Canada and their travails on the "Coq" (Coquihalla Highway) in extreme, treacherous conditions. This week, we'll have another "Recovery Roundup" on ATTV featuring the work of Ron Pratt of Midwest Truck Sales & Service in Scott City, Missouri.

I'm of the mind that there's always something that even the most experienced towman can pick up from recovery presentations. It's one reason why the WreckMaster trainings are always packed at our three trade shows.

The work that towmen do is highly technical and specialized; this is something I don't think the general public understands. There's a degree of math and science that's applied to recoveries that's almost "Harvard-like."

Just allow me to say that this is one columnist who appreciates the work that you do. Like I mentioned in my column last week, as our publications are industry trade publications, they're not targeted to the general public so they can see the many technical aspects involved in your work.

Maybe it's time for more "Highway Thru Hells" and the like.

--Charles Duke
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Guardian Angle™ from B/A

B-A Products copy 96eb2B/A Products' Guardian Angle is designed to do several things: provide reinforcement to the corners of trailer or box trucks when uprighting overturns with flat or round synthetic web slings. The company said it provides a smooth surface for synthetic web slings to contact and slide allowing the strap to "find home" when tension is applied reducing the possibility of the strap catching on the 90-degree edge of your typical aluminum angle and rolling it away from the trailer. Learn about this and more of B/A Products' line at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 8-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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