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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingFebruary 22 - February 28, 2017

RoadOne Towman Killed Roadside

A towman for RoadOne Towing was struck and killed in a hit-and-run in San Diego, Calif. He was killed by a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the California Highway Patrol. The towman stopped to help a disabled trash truck on the shoulder during the evening rush hour when he was fatally hit. The driver suspected in the hit-and-run was stopped by an off-duty officer a short time later and taken into custody. Source: cw6sandiego.com
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Bryan Caudill. Photo credit: kxly.com

Potholes Keep Towmen Busy

Towers have been busy dealing with cars busted by potholes in Spokane, Wash. "They're about two feet deep and some of them are deeper," said Bryan Caudill of Frank's Towing. And they sure are keeping he and his other drivers busy. "We've been getting tons of calls with cars with flat tires, broken ball joints, broken tie rods; usually when you get one that hits a pothole it's usually two tires and not just one," he said. During heavy snow fall, Frank's and Inland Towing drivers respond to upwards of 30 calls per day. Caudill says this winter has been a challenge. " We've probably done a couple hundred already," he said. Source: kxly.com.

Diesel Pricing Flat

Diesel prices in the week ending February 20 continued the modest pricing changes seen so far this year. Following a seven-tenths of a cent increase, the U.S. average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.572. Prices have remained within a 3-cent window throughout the year. The nation's most expensive diesel can be found in California at $2.966 per gallon, while the cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast at $2.433 per gallon. Source: ccjdigital.com.
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Potholes Keep Towmen Busy
One tower says he’s responded to “a couple hundred” this winter
RoadOne Towman Killed Roadside
Was assisting disabled truck when struck during evening rush
Diesel Pricing Flat
Highest prices found in California, lowest are in Gulf Coast region

Towman Fights [b]'Felon' Ban

Pulaski County (Ark.) Circuit Judge Chris Piazza urged a tower and Arkansas State Police to try to work out their differences on how the agency chooses wrecker services, while he decides over the next month whether to throw out the driver's lawsuit against the agency.

At issue is the legality of the state police practice of refusing to use wrecker drivers who have felony convictions.

The agency maintains that the prohibition is necessary to ensure the public's confidence in towers that troopers call to assist them.

Piazza questioned whether state police have imposed a regulation on wrecker drivers that's beyond what the law allows.

Police attorney Mary Claire McClaurin told the judge that state police are entitled to set standards for towers that troopers call to wreck sites.

She said the lawsuit should be thrown out because the police are protected by sovereign immunity.

Attorney Bob Newcomb, representing Steven James Gafner of Steve's Auto Center of Conway, said his client is entitled to sue because he's been harmed by the agency's rule.

Gafner sued the state police in September after the agency refused to put him on its rotation list for Faulkner County.

Gafner is asking the judge to order the state police to end the felon ban, to put Gafner on the rotation and to develop a procedure for considering driver applications on a case-by-case basis.

The prohibition of all felons, no matter how long ago they were convicted, violates Gafner's constitutional right to due process and contradicts Arkansas' policy on reforming felons, Newcomb said.

Steve's Auto meets all of the requirements set by the state Towing and Recovery Board, which regulates the industry.

Gafner, 47, has been a towman for 20 years and has worked for other police departments during that time, Newcomb said. His parole ended in 2005, the attorney said.

Source: arkansasonline.com.
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American Towman TV • Emily Oz Reports • February 22 - February 28, 2017

Vision: The Seed [b]of Creativity

Every aspect of this industry got started with a common trait: vision.

Someone had a vision to build the first tow truck. Someone realized that all jobs weren't the same and had the vision to build other versions of tow trucks, such as carriers and rotators.

Some had a vision to join towmen together to share and discuss common interests, thus organizations and associations were born.

Others wanted to do this line of work, but they needed to be taught how—someone had the vision to train future towers and training programs were created.

As it grew bigger and the need for information of and about the industry came to pass, some had the vision to create media such as magazines and, later, online publications.

Vision was on-hand when the need was felt to bring the entire industry together through education and a centralized marketplace—thus tow shows and expositions were born.

No matter the creation, it all blooms from a seed of vision.

What vision do you have? It might just be the seed you need to plant to cultivate something bigger and better in this world.
--Charles Duke
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