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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJuly 26 - August 01, 2017

New Storage Rules Considered

The Spartanburg, South Carolina, city council is considering requiring companies that boot and tow vehicles parked without permission on commercial property to have a storage facility located either in the city or within two miles of the city limits. Towing companies that violate the new requirements could face up to $500 fines or 30 days in jail per violation. The companies also could lose their towing permit or business license to operate in the city. Source:
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Council Wants to Limit Rates

Carmel, Indiana, is looking into an ordinance to limit how much towing companies can charge when called out to clean up an accident scene. Officials started considering the measure after a man expressed frustration when he was charged thousands of dollars following a fatal crash, where he was not at fault. The owner of the towing company, Jeff Ripley, said the service provided involved more than just a tow and involved large scale clean-up of the scene. "Carmel is looking into the possibility of creating an ordinance that would regulate the rate allowed for towing for companies that work with Carmel Police Department when they request a tow," said Nancy Heck, director of community relations for Carmel. "This is usually, but not exclusively, for towing as the result of an accident where it is important to clear the roadway as soon as possible." Source:

Man Dies after Hitting Tow Truck

A man is dead after a car collided with a tow truck Friday afternoon in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. According to State Police, a 2005 Honda Accord sedan was headed north on Route 844, when it crossed the centerline and hit a tow truck head-on. The driver of the sedan died at the scene; he wasn't wearing a seatbelt, police said. The driver of the tow truck and his passenger received transport for treatment of minor injuries. Source:
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Spirit Ride in the News

Recently posted coverage of the Spirit Ride came from the "Belleville News-Democrat" in Illinois:

A crowd of first-responders, tow truck drivers, construction and highway workers viewed a different kind of funeral at Randy's Towing & Hauling in St. Jacob, Illinois.

"I think we had really good participation," said Randy Capelle, owner of Randy's. "I think the awareness will be there for people."

A crowd gathered over prayer and song to view a colorful, ceremonial casket that has been making its way throughout the nation, reminding people of its message: "Slow down, move over."

The casket, which is painted red, white and blue and has numerous murals depicting the brave people who work on the nation's highways, is named Spirit. It is part of the American Towman Spirit Ride and represents all of the "Spirit Riders," or people killed by passing vehicles while working on roadways.

Capelle has a close experience with the Move Over Law. A drunk driver hit him, cracking his ribs and leaving a side mirror-shaped bruise. Capelle has also had two of his trucks hit by careless drivers.

Mike and Ilce Corbin, representatives from the Spirit Ride, led a ceremony in front of a color guard from Scott Air Force Base and the Veterans of Foreign War Post 976. A few guest speakers from the local community also shared their own tragedies associated with highway deaths. They asked their community to consider families of the workers who may never get to come home.

The family of Kyle Deatherage, a state trooper struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in 2012, also was present at the ceremony. Kenny Deatherage, Kyle's brother, said that he and his family beg the public to do anything they can to move over when they see flashing lights. The Deatherage family also works to spread awareness in Kyle's memory.

After today's Spirit Ride ceremonies in Fort Worth, Arlington and Grand Prairie, Texas, the Spirit Ride will be on a brief hiatus until its appearance and ceremony at the Tow Expo-Dallas, August 19, in Grapevine.

Sources:; AT Staff.
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TV Coverage of Towman Spirit Ride • July 26 - August 01, 2017

A/C in the Summer Heat

The dog days of summer, especially noticeable in August, are ramping up. So is excitement for the Tow Expo-Dallas in its new location at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.

Big news for this location is the ability to move the USA Wrecker Pageant out of the dog-day heat and into some air-conditioned comfort. This year, whatever you warmth you feel looking at those beautiful trucks will be coming from their graphics (especially those with flames, I'd think), shine and bling.

I can't wait to see you, and your pristine trucks, in a few weeks in Texas.

--Brendan Dooley
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