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In his seminar, “Avoiding Job-Related Health Hazards ,” Troy Auto Care Owner Don K. Hudson will present a power point presentation and lead a discussion on the dangers of blood borne pathogens, being stuck with sharp objects and the crisis of being exposed to Fentanyl while doing a job. Join Hudson for this important session taking place at the American Towman Exposition, November 16, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingOctober 17 - October 23, 2018

Towing for Toys Tow Truck Pull

A team of Murray (Kentucky) Fire Department employees won the Towing for Toys Tow Truck Pull by pulling a truck full of donated toys in 10.1 seconds. Six teams participated, and about $1,000 was raised from entry fees for the charity run by Max's 641 Towing in Murray, which distributes toys to needy children at Christmas. The Murray High School football team had the second best time at 10.5 seconds, and third place was a team from Murray State University's Lambda Chi Alpha chapter with 10.89 seconds. Source:
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APTO Benefit to Feature Sammy Kershaw

The Association of Professional Towers-Ohio will host its end-of-year party featuring country music star Sammy Kershaw, Friday, Nov. 30 at Woodlands Backyard, 668 Grandview Ave. in Columbus. Seating is limited. Cost is $75, and proceeds will go to support APTO and the Ohio towing and recovery industry. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets may be purchased by going to the APTO website at "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Sammy up close and personal," a release from the association said, "and is offered to Ohio towers." Source: APTO.

STA Membership Meeting, [b]Oct. 18

The Statewide Towing Association in Massachusetts will hold its State of the Industry membership meeting Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at Princeton Station, 147 Princeton St., North Chelmsford. Speakers will include: towing industry legal expert attorney Patrick Matthews; Guy Glodis, STA lobbyist; and former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. Among the topics to be discussed is the new rate increase petition to be filed by STA. Source: STA.
APTO Benefit to Feature Sammy Kershaw
Association’s end of year party to take place star Friday, Nov. 30
Towing for Toys Tow Truck Pull
About $1,000 was raised from entry fees by Max’s 641 Towing
STA Membership Meeting, Oct. 18
Topics include the flood of lawsuits against Massachusetts tow companies

Spirit Ride to Kickoff DOT Media Event

The Maryland Department of Transportation will be holding a media event to bring attention to the Move Over law, distracted driving, and what drivers need to do when approaching and driving through traffic incident scenes. The event will be part of National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, Nov. 11-17, and will take place at parking lots G and H at M&T Bank Stadium.

"Preaching to the choir here, we know the dangers of having to respond to incidents on the roadways," said Patrick Rooney, Maryland DOT training manager. "Whether it is a two-lane country road, a residential street, or a multi-lane divided interstate, and whether it is for a crash, a medical emergency, a fire, a disaster, or helping a motorist, trying to do your job near traffic is one of the most dangerous things we experience.

"The Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week is meant to make the motorists aware of these dangers and ask for their attention."

The event will begin with the arrival of the American Towman Spirit Ride at 10 a.m., which will provide a tribute ceremony. Several guest speakers will speak on safety in and near incident areas, and the impact of struck-by incidents on families and friends.

A narrated demonstration of a recovery and mitigation of an overturned truck with hazmat spill showing all has to happen on an incident of that magnitude.

Source: Maryland DOT.
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Need Favorable Legislation?

This week I'm putting out the call to all state association executive directors, presidents and officers to attend one of the most important conferences of 2018.

The "Working With Legislators" Conference that will take place during the American Towman Exposition will be filled with so much information on how to be effective in getting favorable legislation on the municipal, state and federal level. You're not going to want to miss this one!

Heading the discussion will be Joseph Hollabaugh, lobbyist for the Association of Professional Towers-Ohio, former Montana State Senator Joanne Blyton of TRAA-LAN, and Auto Return's VP of Government Affairs Jay Atkins of Auto Return. Together, they will give you the tools to effectively interact with your state legislators that will help get laws favorable to the towing profession passed.

Make sure that you're in your seat Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9-11 a.m. for this all-important conference. Go to to register for it today.

--Charles Duke
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