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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingApril 25 - May 01, 2018

Slight Dip in Highway Deaths

Preliminary numbers from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths in 2017 dipped slightly, claiming 40,100 lives across the U.S., a drop of 1 percent from 2016. The Council cautions, however, that the slight dip doesn't necessarily indicate progress when it comes to reducing highway deaths, but rather it could be just a leveling off after the steepest two-year increase in highway deaths in more than 50 years. New Hampshire had the largest percentage drop in highway fatalities while Rhode Island had the largest percentage increase. Source:
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Close Call for Towman

Eriq Christensen, a tower for Liberty Towing Service in Madison, Wisconsin, was helping a driver who slid off the roadway on I-90 last Thursday morning when he was almost hit by another car. "I had an angel over my shoulder on that one. For sure," said Christensen. "He wasn't getting over, he wasn't slowing down. So I ran from the driver side of the vehicle into the ditch to avoid being hit. I was freaking out. I called my boss in a panic. I didn't know what to do," said Christensen. After looking at the damage on the driver's car who hit Christensen, it's a miracle no one was hurt or killed. Source:

Talbert Adds Sales Manager

Talbert Manufacturing recently welcomed Steve Gardonyi as its Canadian sales manager to assist dealers in Canada with Talbert trailer sales, marketing and customization, as well as broaden the company's Canadian dealer network. "There is a lot of synergy between Steve and our team, both in terms of experience and passion as well as a commitment to customer success," said Troy Geisler, Talbert VP of sales and marketing. Gardonyi has nearly 30 years of industry experience and a Red Seal certification in trailer mechanics. Source:
Close Call for Towman
Wisconsin towman survives close call while working slide-off
Slight Dip in Highway Deaths
Preliminary numbers indicate 1 percent drop from 2016
Talbert Adds Sales Manager
Steve Gardonyi hired as Canadian sales manager

Exhibitors Ready for AT ShowPlace

Over 170 exhibitors will be on hand May 9-12 as the American Towman ShowPlace-Las Vegas will open its doors to the nation's tow bosses.

Co-sponsored by, towing's exclusive online weekly publication, and American Towman Magazine, the industry's leading monthly magazine, American Towman ShowPlace - Las Vegas will put towmen face-to-face with suppliers, educators, top trainers, and leading towing professionals from around the world.

The major tow truck body manufacturers will be represented, including Dual-Tech, Dynamic, Jerr-Dan, NRC Industries, and Miller Industries. Heavy and car hauling trailer builders Landoll, Kalyn-Siebert, Futura Trailers and Sun Country Trailers will be displaying their wares, as well. The exhibit floor will also feature major motor clubs, tow truck accessories, emergency lighting, finance and insurance firms.

It all will take place at the South Poing Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Online registration is still available at

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Cash & Points

From an article appearing in the April 23 edition of the Chicago Tribune:

"The measure passed at the April 3 (Lincolnwood, Illinois) Village Board meeting allows Lincolnwood to begin charging a $500 administrative fee to motorists whose vehicle ends up being impounded following involvement in particular crimes outlined in state law. ...

"'The Illinois Vehicle Code allows for municipalities to assess an administrative towing fee for vehicles towed in connection with the following offenses: DUI, drug-related offenses, driving without a valid driver's license, theft, and any other misdemeanor or felony under the Illinois Criminal Code,' village officials wrote in a memo to trustees, urging passage of the ordinance."

I'm hoping that one of the offenses covered will be that of the state's Move Over law.

Since December 2017, 11 towmen have been killed working the white line. Dozens more have been hit.

Numbers like these suggests that motorists aren't taking the law seriously.

One of the reasons that towmen have stated is because the penalty for violating the Move Over law isn't stiff enough. Some have said it's akin to a slap on the wrist, with little enforcement behind it. There are periodic campaigns that are staged by law enforcement agencies aided by one or two towing companies; but after the campaign, motorists are (for the most part) right back to ignoring the law.

I'm suggesting, as others have, a heftier fine along with points would put some teeth into the law and get drivers' attention. It's universally agreed in the towing industry that something has to be done to make it more effective.

--Charles Duke
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spotlight e7cf7NRC Industries CSR65 Rotator is a 65-ton wrecker the company said is well-suited for tough recovery jobs. It includes a quad rail slide system for more torsional strength designed for a larger load bearing surface. In addition, the CSR65 boasts of an additional rear compartment and 15-percent overall extra storage capacity and electronic proportional controls from both sides of the wrecker. Come see all that NRC has to offer at the American Towman ShowPlace, May 9-11 at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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