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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingJanuary 18 - January 24, 2017

Va. Officials Prefer Tickets to Tows

Officials in Charlottesville, Va., are hoping the state will pass a bill to allow smaller cities to hire contractors to write parking tickets vs. towing parking violators. City officials also want the legislature to pass a bill that would expand the city's authority as it prepares to hire a contractor to install and manage parking meters in the downtown area. Last November, the City Council asked area legislators to sponsor a bill so that the city could "contract with an outside company to provide parking enforcement." Source:
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Tow Lot Hit-and Run

Police in Fairfax County, Md., arrested a 24-year-old woman for the hit-and-run of a tow company employee following an incident early Wednesday at Dominion Towing's lot in Fairfax. An employee tried to wave a woman down who was taking her car without permission, but she ended up running him over, possibly dragging him for a distance, and then continued on. The following day, detectives tracked down Amber Harding, who has been charged with felony hit-and-run. A GoFundMe page ( says the employee remains in critical condition at the hospital with no definitive results or conclusions to his well-being. Heather Ferguson, Dominion Towing VP, released a statement saying in part: "Our employees and management are all deeply saddened by this incident and have been praying for our employee and his family." Source:

Calif. Tow Truck Stolen

Officers from the Victorville (Calif.) Police Department are attempting to track down a suspect who stole a tow truck belonging to Airexpressway Towing. A built-in GPS within the tow truck led authorities to the stolen truck. Per scanner reports, a white male was seen running from the tow truck prior to the deputies arrival. The suspect was still on the run at press time. Source:
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Ohio Gov. Kasich [b]Signs Tow Bill

The Association of Professional Towers - Ohio have announced that Sub HB 341 was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 4 and will take effect in early April.

The bill establishes public safety regulations for towing, safety standards for private tow-away zone towing and after-hours retrieval fees.

APTO "spent a tremendous amount of time and effort to ensure these rules are fair to the industry," the organization said.

The association also promised a complete analysis of this pro-tower law will be posted soon on the APTO website. In addition, a seminar to educate Ohio towers on all the new laws is in the works.



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Emily Oz Reports • January 18 - January 24, 2017

Safety: Do Your Part

Safety remains a huge topic in the towing industry.

I came back from a much-needed vacation to news detailing no less than three highway-related deaths of towmen working the white line. Whether it is distracted drivers or weather conditions, towmen nationwide are at peril.

This week, Tow Business & Operations Editor Randy Resch touches on 12 areas that all towmen need to utilize in plying their trade. He makes a great point that, "All the training in the world is negated by the reality that it's you who chooses to stand or work in harm's way."

Allow me to add something to that: It's also incumbent upon each and every professional in the industry to take part in educating the public. Efforts such as the Spirit Ride and Move Over Awareness days are important and must increase if a goal of zero highway deaths is ever to be attained.

In 2017, vow to be a part of getting to that goal. See what you can do in your town or state to help make sure all towmen get home safely to their loved ones each day.
--Charles Duke
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