Tower Killed on Road

A tower working to assist a stranded motorist was killed on I-20 in DeKalb County, Ga., on July 22. Patrick Brownlee, 45, of Stone Mountain was in the emergency lane of the highway when a Chevrolet Silverado drifted into the accident area, striking and killing Brownlee. The tower was preparing to load the disabled vehicle when hit. The 21-year-old driver of the Silverado has not been charged at press time. Sources:

Anti-Pirate Tow Language

Anti-Pirate Tower language was included in a bill in Florida, with help from the Professional Wrecker Operators of Florida, that will allow law enforcement agencies to impound tow trucks or other vehicles if towers are found violating the Florida statutes dealing with soliciting motorists on the highway or chasing wrecks. The law took effect July 1.

The vehicle can be impounded and the owner will have to pay a $500 fine for the first offense and $1,000 for repeat offenders. The vehicle will be towed to the rotation or contract tower's yard and processed as normal; it can be sold at public sale if the vehicle is not picked up. Source:
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Low-Profile V-Bridle

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Spotlight's On You!

What will it take for towing professionals to get better press?
1) I don't see anything wrong with the press we get.
2) It begins with us, and we need to clean up our act.
3) The state associations need to submit positive news about the work we do.
4) Industry publications could do more to present our industry in a better light.
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Are You Progressive?

Progress implies being in an advanced position from one's prior place or status. Technology, staff incentive programs, and towing equipment have allowed the industry to progress to its current state of efficiency. The result of this progress has played a role in faster response times, job execution, a smoother operation--and it's probably provided a little profit for you, too.

Still, there are those who eschew progressive thinking and development, and believe that "Pop's way" is still the only way to run their operation. "If it was good enough for Pop 50 years ago when he started this business, it's good enough for me today. I don't need all these newfangled things and ideas." By the way, Pop's offspring just missed out on yet another big municipal contract.

This week's article by Don Archer on measuring productivity in "Rates & Trade" speaks to progressive concepts in business operations. It speaks to how a tow owner can think outside the box to help grow the business through incentive programs; and how such progressive thinking could "progress" the company's bottom line.

--Charles Duke
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