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Pulling a tractor from a creek from a compromised bridge isn’t easy
Proclamation issued as Spirit Ride rolls through Minnesota, Iowa
Fleet makeover attracts customers—and new employees
Experian report shows 60-day delinquencies remain flat
Wedge eliminates the need for extra tape or sleeves
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Changes to Iowa's Law, July 1

On Monday, the Iowa State Patrol, Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Council Bluffs Police and the Iowa Department of Transportation collaborated on a special enforcement of the Move Over law. Fifty-three drivers received $200 tickets for not following the law. Starting July 1, drivers must move over or at least drive under the posted speed limit for all vehicles with emergency lights activated. Tony Carr with Arrow Towing said he believes it should be common courtesy. "Just give them that space," said Carr. Source:
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Simulation Training Highlights Towing

Several emergency workers in Missouri participated in a mock crash scene at Joplin's fire and police training facility. The experience was important for towman Shawn Meister, who has seen the bad and the ugly. "Our main corridor is (Interstate) 44 and it's kind of a Bermuda Triangle of wrecks," said Meister with M&M Wrecker. Instead of saying a tow truck is needed, emergency responders were reminded about the importance of telling towmen what type of lift is required before that driver arrives on scene. Meister said this type of intercommunication practice needs to be ongoing. "There are newer vehicles, there are heavier loads on the highways, different types of vehicles and trucks. In our area, there's just more traffic," said Meister. Source:

Spirit Ride Stops in Nebraska

Thursday, the Spirit Ride stopped in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. "It's (the) United States towing community coming together to make everybody aware of what's going on out there and to move over and give us room to work," said William Shammel, owner of Baas Towing of Hemingford. Nebraska's Move Over law went into effect in 2009. "It's come to where you used to be out there by yourself by your truck and now you have to have a second person or second unit," said Shammel. Source:
Simulation Training Highlights Towing
First responders urged to tell towmen more about type of scene
Changes to Iowa's Law, July 1
Iowa’s motorists will have to obey posted Move Over law speed limits
Spirit Ride Stops in Nebraska
“It’s (the) United States towing community coming together”

TDLR Workshop at Tow Expo-Dallas

A special two-hour workshop presented by the Texas Department of Licensing and Registration will convene August 17 at Tow Expo-Dallas at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

Towmen are invited to join the TDLR towing team in covering and discussing recent updates to the notification requirements sent by vehicle storage facilities. The team will also answer any questions members of the industry may have. Learn how to come into, and stay in compliance with Texas towing/vehicle storage facility requirements.

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Spirit Ride Update: Minnesota Declares June 13 Roadside Safety Day
• June 11 - June 18, 2018

Just Overgrown Pussycats

Towmen just have huge hearts. Yeah, I know: a lot of you try to maintain that rough, tough and gruff demeanor ... but when you dig deep, y'all are just overgrown pussycats, always willing to help those in need.

Where is this going?

Well, I was moved this week by the story of San Antonio towman Armando Colunga, who delivered pizzas to more than 50 starving undocumented immigrants found in the back of a semitrailer without food. He had heard the story on his local news, and it moved him to action

Personal politics aside, we're all human—and sometimes there's a tendency to forget that.

But is seems the towman never does, always willing to lend a helping hand.

That's why he's in the business he's in.

--Charles Duke
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Steck's I-Bolt: [b]Universal Tow Eye

iBolt product-shot 6dd56Steck Manufacturing's I-Bolt: Universal Tow Eye is designed to allow towers, body shop technicians, and mechanics to safely load disabled foreign and some domestic vehicles on roll back wreckers and frame racks, without causing damage. The I-Bolt is designed to fit threaded holes having diameters of ½" up to 1 ¼". Its design provides a universal hook up solution for the 200+ vehicles identified in the Towing and Service Manual from AAA. See this and other offerings from Steck Mfg. at Tow Expo-Dallas, August 16-18, at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center and Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
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