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  1. https://kwwl.com/news/waterloo-news/2019/02/27/tow-companies-say-organization-is-key-in-responding-to-pileups/
  2. Fantastic this is the last day for this topic. Hope to see more supporters in the Roll Call starting tomorrow. I will also be asking for New Patrons and Sponsors as we need member support to continue this rebirth. The Phoenix may being a Force may have chosen a new domain name. Have No Doubt this is Tow411. Your Towing Information Network and the New Force in the Towing & Recovery Industry. Thank you https://www.towforce.net/subscriptions/
  3. n Escondido man was killed early Wednesday when his SUV slammed into the back of a disabled semi truck in the center divide of state Route 78 in San Marcos, authorities said. The truck, which was carrying U.S. mail, had broken down on the shoulder of eastbound state Route 78 west of Twin Oaks Valley Road around 12:15 a.m. The tractor and 53-foot trailer were partly blocking the left lane, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Latulippe said. About 40 minutes later, a witness told dispatchers that a vehicle had crashed into the back of the semi truck. The SUV, a Honda CRV, skidded across the freeway lanes and was hit by a tow truck, Latulippe said. The Honda’s 34-year-old driver died despite the efforts of medics to save him. The big-rig driver, a 33-year-old man, and the tow truck driver, 31, both from San Diego, were not injured, Latulippe said. The vehicles and debris were scattered across all the eastbound lanes. The right lane was cleared of wreckage by about 4 a.m. and the remaining lanes reopened around 6 a.m. Authorities said said investigators are trying answer a number of questions — why the mail hauler stopped on the narrow median, how fast the CRV was going and why its driver hit the big-rig. Latulippe said the drivers are not suspected of having been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. While CHP officers were handling the investigation of the fatal crash, another crash occurred in the same area on westbound SR-78 around 5:30 a.m. That crash, which reportedly caused major injuries to a driver, prompted another traffic alert. Shortly before 7 a.m., the westbound lanes also were opened. Drivers in North County also faced other delays Wednesday morning after a vehicle knocked down a power pole on South Mission Road at state Route 76 in the Bonsall area. RESOURCE LINK
  4. ‘Largely overlooked’: Report details accelerated death, injury rates among tow-truck workers organtown, WV — Workers in the motor vehicle towing industry face an on-the-job fatality risk nearly 15 times greater than workers in all other industries, according to a recent study from NIOSH. Analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, NIOSH researchers found that 191 motor vehicle towing workers were killed between 2011 and 2016, resulting in an annual rate of 42.9 deaths per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. For all other industries, that rate was 2.9 per 100,000 FTEs. Additionally, the annual nonfatal injury rate among motor vehicle towing workers during that same period was 204.2 per 10,000 FTEs – more than double the rate of 98.2 for all industries. Other findings: Motor vehicle incidents were the leading cause of towing industry worker deaths, accounting for 64 percent. Contact with objects and equipment (17 percent) was second. Contact with objects and equipment (34 percent) and overexertion and bodily reaction (32 percent) were the leading causes of nonfatal injuries. Men accounted for 97 percent of the deaths and 94 percent of nonfatal injuries. “Until now, nonfatal injuries and deaths in the motor vehicle towing industry have been largely overlooked,” NIOSH states. “The findings from this study underscore the need for additional research and tailored prevention efforts.” The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers several tips for workers who tow vehicles for roadside assistance. Among them: Survey the area for hazardous conditions, especially near merging lanes or intersections where moving vehicles are nearby. Use sufficient warning lights or pylons around the pickup area. Avoid using flares in case of fuel leaks. Wear high-visibility personal protective clothing. Tow, rather than push, a vehicle whenever possible. Double-check a vehicle after it is rigged. Ensure all cables or connections are secure before driving. RESOURCE LINK
  5. Only 46 more members needed to reach the 3000 member mark set as a goal for March 1st. can it be done? YES, but we need everyone that is reading this post who has not registered as a member to do it. There are many options to join pick one and do it. Thanks, oh and reply in the Roll Call Friday MARCH FIRST...
  6. Tony & Bros. Towing & Repair said on their FB Page: Over the weekend we lost a great friend and previous employee, Gary DuBose.🙏🏼 Anyone who knew Gary knew he was a stand up guy, caring man and had a huge heart for everyone he knew. Gary was a very close and dear friend to our family and all employees at Tony & Bros. Our prayers and thoughts are with Gary and his family during this very difficult time. ❤️ Please remember to respect the roadway, slow down and move one lane over. This not only applies to tow truck operators but for law enforcement, firefighters, ambulances, utility workers or any driver stopped on the roadway. At the end of the day these men and women have families they need to return home safe to.
  7. This Topic was originally created on Tow411 by Bigbob at West & Son in January of 2013: My boots I've got now are about over a year old. And are the Walmart $40 specials. Lately my feet get wet just from washing the truck. So been shopping around for a new pair. Narrowed my search down to either Red Wings 971's or The Magnum stealth force side zips from AW Direct. Stopped in Red Wings and walked back out after seeing the $185 price tag. AW is $109. Just wondering. Does anyone have the Magnum stealth force's and how's the waterproof and safety tow quality? Ronin said: If you have an Academy near you, you can get Magnums for $15-20 cheaper, plus no shipping. I use a Danner waterproof hunting boot... just got them resoled after 3 years - love them. Same style of boots I used in the military. Got mine at Bass Pro. James E. Lewis ESC said: I have used the magnums for years, and have been happy. However, they wear out on me and start letting water through after a few months. For this winter, i went with a set of $200 redwings. Very happy so far, not wet at all. Very happy with the redwings and will probably stick with them... they last longer. Ronin said: Agreed, you get what you pay for, as is true with many things. I went through 6-8 cheaper pairs of boots, and never seemed happy with them, so I went back to a style like the Danner Matterhorns I wore in the AF and used on the SWAT/EST team.... quick break-in, last forever, Thinsulate is great, just change the kind socks you wear if you want them to be warm or cool. James E. Lewis Towzone said: I will never comprehend why anyone that spends hours on their feet put cheap shoes on them. When your young you have no idea what your doing to your feet. It's only when you get some age on you that the reality hits. Good thing is it's really never to late to take better care of your feet. I wore just anything that was comfortable for years, then Magnums for probably 15 years. Last year, I could not get the the Magnums I preferred with the side zipper. Seems the Magnums are a lower quality boot these days. So last year I went to Bates and found a 6in. Gore-Tex Boot w/Side Zipper. They felt different at first but now they fit like a glove and are always dry, unlike the magnums which the soles would begin to leak before the year was out. I used to get a year out of the Magnums and I will likely get 2 years out of these Bates. Can't believe I ever went with the Bates, but finding side zips last year got tough. Now, they seem to have made a grand return. Search Magnum Side Zips and Bates Side Zips. The prices are all over the place, I found magnums starting at $105 and Bates at $128. Some guys like the Red Wing Brand, I would not put those on my feet even when they were made well. Some of our guys are wearing the Converse Brand, I do not have any experience with them. But at a little lower cost around $100, I may have to get a pair and try them out for research. I might be giving them away here if I don't like them. Anyone interested in a Test pair of Work Boot size 11.5 or 12. Oh, yes boots do very in size so you may need to go someplace local and check them out. I buy mine online just because I normally cannot find them local or they are at least $30 more. Sorry I am into my work boots, anyone else feel this way or are they just a pair of shoes to you? Brian Bell said: I always get a hole in the top of the steel toe way before the boot wears out. I used to wear the cheap boots and just buy new ever 3-4 months. (can't believe Bigbob got over a year) ... now I wear Wolverine's and get 6-8 months out of them. BlackAutoload said: Our career is tough because you need a boot, but want a basic shoe for driving. I use the Instigator GTX by Danner. Truck2 said: ariat mudhogs, watertight, comfy, and look ok. Ronin said: Also, buying a new $40 pair of Walmart boots every 3 months ($120) a year, when I dropped $175 on my Danners almost 4 years ago, wore them out, had them resoled ($60) and will wear them another 2-3 years. The math says cheap boots are more expensive, and good boots are certainly more comfortable and durable. James E. Lewis RodVT said: I have been wearing Chippewas for about 7 years and just replaced my first pair. I got a new pair of 6" summer boots and, since the store was closing, also got a pair of 8" winter boots. Even at 30% off they were still pricey (these U.S. made models are anyway), but I am very happy with both pairs. Danner is also an excellent boot. I will only buy resole-able (Goodyear welt) boots. Nothing makes me madder than when those glued on wrap around soles start to peel off and ruin the boot. Unknown Member said: Got a pair of bates side zips , found them at sears $85 had them for 2 years only wear them in the winter. VERNON75 said: i never thought id like carhartt boots. im on my second winter with the same pair, souls are still good and still water tight. if i remember correctly i paid around $150.00 at tractor supply. Bigbob said: Brian Bell. I wear out my shoes until they're falling apart. My last pair, the sole split in half before getting new. Explains the calices on toes and heels. James Weddington said: I spent $285 for my Red Wings. I am going on year 3 with them and have only had to re thtdon said: My late father always taught me that if you are wearing leather work shoes, and you are walking on wet cement, you need to wear rubbers over your shoes. He always wore rubbers over his Knapp leather work shoes, when he worked in the shop. I usually do the same. I have been wearing the Magnum shoes, also. I like the side zippered models. A good pair of Tingley rubbers go right over the Magnums. And my feet are never cold. When we have snow, I either wear my LL Bean shoes, with the rubber bottoms. And with deeper snow, I wear my MUCK boots. I have uniforms and shoes for every weather condition. I have a pair of leather work shoes that I bought from the Snap-On truck. They cost around $175, if I am not mistaken. I wore them for 13 months, and the sole on the right shoe separated from the rest of the shoe. I believe that the shoes are worthy to install new soles. The uppers are still in great shape. The Snap-On shoes are comfortable, but I don't think that they lasted long enough. thtdon Someotherplace said: I think there's at least a few other older posts here about boots as you might imagine it's something many of us have our experiences and opinions on. I noticed Chippewa get a mention and I have to say, I used to wear Chippewa engineer boots for many years until I realized they were killing my feet. They're like wearing stones! Maybe they have some other offerings that are more comfortable but those pull-on engineer boots are horrible. Also, quality has gone way downhill on them too; I had a hand-me-down pair that lasted forever - when they finally wore out, I replaced them with the exact same model and they barely lasted two years. Doc Martens are another name that has become near worthless, but of course they're made in china now. Fairly comfortable but fall apart quickly. Richard uzedcarz said: Timberland brand all the way. SOME Tractor Supply stores sell them, but I buy mine online. Ready to wear right out of the box, no break in,, waterproof, insulated, you can get about any style you want. I have a pair of boots for winter and I have a pair of oxford style for summer. I always get at least 2-3 years on any pair I've ever owned. A little pricey but no more than a Red Wing, etc. which is what I always wore until I tried the Timberland. www.ricksrollbacks.com George Fulk said: I where muck opts they sell them at gander mountain best boot in the world good for 20 below and I'll swear bye them silverhawk said: I wear Wolverine boots from Academy ($125 +tax) during the winter. I wear steel toed Georgia Giant shoes in the summer. $98 on line from Georgia Boots. I would wear the shoes year round but the steel toes freeze my pinkies, and they are not offered without the steel toes. I have always been Red-Wing user until their price got out of sight. Wolverines pull on is what I use now. Fits great, only when pulled off in the evening, my socks come off with the boot. Had a real cowboy tell me years ago, "when you buy a new boot, buy it a little snug. Pour a whole bottle of rubbing alcohol in one boot at a time. Pour out and then put the boots on and wear it for the day. It molds the boot to your foot. Unbelievable fit! Also it ruins your first pair of socks. Never would bleach clean, but inside the boot, no one sees them anyway. thtdon said: I love this place. One can put just about any question out there, and many will come forth with answers and opinions. Who would have thought that we would be talking about shoes? thtdon Bigbob said: Guess we see it as another tool necessary to do our jobs. As long as no one starts talking about how cute they look with their uniform. Or how well they match the truck. Lol Larry Lange said: Hoffman boots.... Made in the USA, kinda bulky and heavy....they offer a non steel toe version, EXTREMLY well made, very warm, and 100 percent water proof! Id recommend them to anyone! Raddamant said: I swear by my Dr. Martens. I'm a light guy (140 pounds wearing steel toe boots and insulated bibs) and can get 16 months if I replace the insole once. When they start to wear, I'll buy a new pair and leave the old pair for summer use only. The new pair will be warmer and have more traction for the winter months. Also, it makes a HUGE difference if you condition the leather! Double or perhaps triple the life span sometimes. Also, a little superglue in the major dings/cuts/scrapes goes a long way. It doesn't look tacky if you keep the leather looking shiny! I have a coworker who uses a liquid-rubber steel-toe saver. He likes it, but I haven't tried it yet. George Geissinger said: For years I have worn a slip-on ankle height shoe/boot sometimes referred as a foundry shoe with elastic on the sides. I like them because quick on and off to dump dirt or whatever out. The idea was so a foundry could kick them off if they got hot stuff in one. They use to be easy to find in a good shoe reasonable. Shoe companies have gone the way of cars companies , less of them with a cheaper product. I used to buy two ar three pr at a time from I believe Knapp . Last time the price went DOWN $30 + but when I looked they now came from INDIA not USA. Can you say junk.!! I bought a pr from a local place were the guy lied to me about quality. When the soles went bad I couldn't go anything with them because they were glued together like a sneaker and stuffed with paper. Lots of the ones I see advertied in the tool books are a glued on sole so I am still looking for a good product in a large size, another problem. Greezy328 said: Sportsman Guide....best deals on the planet except if theres no store in ur area, then ya gotta order online.... unknown member said: I wear Danners . and i get about 7 months out of them. GreenwayTowing said: I am on my 3rd pair of Redwings (17yrs total). After being resoled and lasting over 5 years the initial price + resole the cost is pretty low after that. Once they don't look all that good they get shuffled to hard work duty, farm work, etc. A quality boot if you are on your feet is the only way to go. My concern now however is that Redwing does not make a whole lot of boots in the USA anymore. I may have to check out Hoffman Boots. Greenway Towing, Inc. Todd aka Toad "Car Croaked Call The Toad" Jef said: I tried on a number of boots over the last couple weeks after my timberlands wore out after a year of heavy use. I needed something lighter then the average boot, still steel toe and comfortable since we all make a living in them. I ended up at Sears with their DeWalt D57091 steel tow hiker boot, as pictured here They weight about half what my non steel toe timberlands did, good cushioning all around, fairly water resistant and very good traction on ice/slippery decks. Only downsides so far are they are manufactured in China and the laces do not stay tied for some reason. I have some doubts as to how well they will hold up, but only time will tell. Ralph Robles said: I love my Oakley tactical boots. Waterproof comfy and very light. www.transportcars.com (815)354-7601 Borotow said: I wish I could find a boot that is light, and lasts, with comfort. I use Red Wings, Timberline, Wolverine, all just get out of shape, gross looking and very hard in short order. Mine also get covered in paint over spray. Historically if I can get 3-4 months of comfort out of a boot its a lot. They cost me a lot yearly. I usually buy two pairs at a time and alternate days or wet dry etc and they still fail, and my feet hurt. I take good care of my feet too, always go to the podiatrist, use orthodics when required and I still can't keep a boot very long. I am not unusually heavy either (vary from 225-235). I may look into Hoffman, actually never heard of them. I tried Knapp, I tried knapp special soles for concrete (two shot I believe) and they were comfortable but lasted only a few months as well. Would keep buying them but our Knapp guy retired and no one comes around anymore. Ron, what is the great aversion to Red Wings if you dont mind my asking? Al Campbell Boro Collision & Towing Bigbob said: I went and bought the magnum stealth force a month ago from a local police and fire supply store. Already they look like I've had em a year. Supposed to be water proof but still feel damp once in a while. Still not soaked like my old boots though. The side zip does help get me out the door quicker when called in middle of night. rlc4523 said: I hardly ever see you guys talking about Georgia brand boots...... I buy the georgia logger with gore-tex and 3m thinsulate lining. I get about 1 1/2-2 years out of them and I can wear them all day long winter or summer. I am pretty hard on them and they work great. I get them from 180.00-220.00 depending on if I catch them on sale or not. After about a year they start leaking a little but thats usually because the sole is starting to seperate. No need to waterproof them cause if you do you clog up the gore-tex and then they don't breathe. Any GOOD boot is worth its price regardless of the brand. drew crew said: Keen boots for winter/snow boot all the way light wight, warm, and water proof. Other wise Red Wing Boots, for other times, i put toe armor on the toes for more protection and last longer. marktows said: I bought a pair of MatterHorn Boots out of PA last year. $375. The first pair of boots that made it more than 6 months with me. Granted I am in the trucks, out of the trucks, under the repair lifts, under the trucks, fixing the moving trucks we own, running crew on the moving trucks in a pinch. Im gonna get them resoled, restiched in one spot, and see if I can get another year out of them. Scott Burrows said: REDWING 2412 Men's 8-inch Boot (insulated, only one that keeps my feet warm); 4473 Men's 8-inch Boot (with the "fireman's zipper) for the rest of the year. American made (at least for a while longer); They last for YEARS! George Geissinger said: I saw on a listing during my search that over 90% of the shoes sold here are made overseas. RaymondAutoRepair said: Cabelas warranties their boots for life. they have replaced three pair for me @ no charge when the toe wears out. goretex water proofing is great and insulation in winter is nice. steel toe or non steel toe. I own two pair and switch every other day so inside of boot is always dry when I put them on. Have never worn out a sole on one yet , always the toe. ( from kneeling down when performing hookups ) best deal I Have ever found!!!!!!! DennisJ Raymond Life is as good as you make it don't let others ruin it for you. Tiggor said: just bought my first pair of ROCKY's ,very comfortable light weight, waterproof, and the came in extra wide, composite toe. I usually blow out the side walls long before the bottoms. Hopefully the extra wide will eliminate this problem Bob Miller Fetch said: I'm in the market for a new boot again, my last 4 (?) pairs have been Caterpillar Confine 6". At $190 a pair, they last me about 1 year. It seems all my boots last about a year, regardless. I guess I'm just not good to my boots! When I worked at the dealerships, I'd buy Dafoe steel toed boots. They were relatively cheap ($65) and lasted about as long as anything else. I just didn't like them because they felt like wearing wood blocks. Jef said: An update on the "DeWalt" boots, I wore them for 3 months before the tread was smooth on the bottom and the seems started to split. Most of the wear was in good weather without much abuse.
  8. A Positive Attitude, A Negative Attitude, A Professional Attitude Keeping in mind most companies in this industry have a Positive Attitude. Are the people who answer your phone(s) rude? Your a service industry business, why the Negative Attitude? Do you know rude? Have you asked your account or regular customer? What did you do in your business to reach the Professional Attitude? Have you taken a look from outside in and evaluated your operation? ------------------------------------------------------------------- This question is for dispatchers and drivers. Have you ever experienced a mystery caller/customer? ------------------------------------------------------------------- In the end we often deal with people in the worse of moments, should we not do our best not to allow their moment in time to alter our attitudes or our attitude in return to make theirs and our worse? myerstowing said: One of my biggest complaints is calling a business and on the other end they seem like you are bothering them! In my company, I personally answer the phones professionally at all times. If my dispatchers do not do the same they get a very stern lecture. When my phone rings, it is someone's choice to call MY business. It is an honor to service them, an I understand they can very well call someone else and get that $2* dollar tow. That is the first way you can set your company apart from the competition. A few months ago an accident/impound customer was being EXTREMELY difficult. Called multiple times from the hospital (With a broken jaw don't know how she could talk that much) anyway, I made sure I personally took those 20+ phone calls from her as I was called all the names in the book, but even after all that Every TIME she called I answered the phone professionally, instead of escalating the situation. She eventually sent her Club Bouncing, Ex-Marine brother down to "deal" with me. Again, not seeing him as a threat my staff treated him with courtesy and respect. We really are in a difficult business. We do not provide a satisfying service like, a pizza delivery person. 90% of the time if we have a professional, positive attitude 100% of the time we can really change the outcome of our customer's day. The other 10% we can only pray for. TallyTowing said: Amen, if they are in need of calling any wrecker / towing company, their already having a hard time. 99.9% of people who call would rather not need the services we provide! Also remember, the person in the office can see your body language while your on the phone! rlc4523 said: we always answer with "Joe's Towing this is...." #1 it tells people right away they called the correct ph# #2 it gives the person a more direct relationship to our company by using our name when we answer. It gripes me to no end when you call other companies and you either get a snotty sounding dispatcher that sounds like they hate their job, or a very abrupt rude sounding answer of, "DISPATCH" when the phone is answered. I really feel Your first impressions on 90% of your customers is made in how you answer the phone. subsequently that sets the tone for how the rest of your dealings will go with that customer. Phone etiquette is probably one of the most overlooked aspects of customer service as well as business overall. Greenway Towing said: When I was working in a claims call center they always said smile when you answer the phone. I answered every call like the person on the other ends world was falling apart and my customer reviews were always very high. Greenway Towing, Inc. Todd aka Toad "Car Croaked Call The Toad" New Zealand Towing said: I could not agree more smile when you answer the phone people can hear it in your voice we answer with good morning etc (company name) your talking to (our first name) how can we help you? If we get there name use use there name read back there order to confirm (ok thats one slidedeck for 3pm to collect your silver f100 rego AB1234 from x and deliver to y your contact number is 1234567890 email bob@ is that correct bob) Thankyou very much Bob you have a nice day and our driver John (etc) will see you at 3pm I try and make them feel like they are family and im going to move heaven and hell to help them. and DO NOT slam or drop the phone into cradle when you hang up sound like your not happy they called.(sounds like your taking a hammer to it) and no matter how rude they (PPI) are smile say thank you very much you have a nice day now (never sink to there level) or im sorry sir/madam there is no @#$% a$$ hole here but I can put you though to Mr Frank Bottom if you like. when they ask to talk to the @#$% a$$ hole who towed there car. (always suprised they know my middle names) If were not sending the driver I named or if we not going to get there at time arranged and also let delivery address know as well if sending it to a repair shop. I call then back and let them know Hi Bob is (your name) from (company name) just letting you know John has been delayed at another job so I am sending Paul to you he will be there at 3pm. or john will be running 5 -15 minutes late (traffic or tied up at last job) but we have let delivery address know and they will wait for your f100 to arrive. When the driver turns up he greets them by name hi bob im john from (company name) simple but it works I get calls from customers just to let us know how there hotrod projects are going. when there baby was born weight name etc. because we try to treat them like family even had one from a past accident tow customer on holiday in the Netherlands call because they saw our truck on front page of the dutch newpaper (Dotcom pink cadi) and they brought it back to give to us. and follow through if they emailed you the job. hi bob just confirming your f100 has been delivered safe and sound to y. was suprised with the number of customers that were greatful we let them know this. Raddamant said: The other end of the spectrum isn't any better. "Thank you for calling XXX, where every day is a great day! This is So and So; how may I help you?" That is the exact greeting phone operators were required to use for a nation wide company. People got disciplined for not saying it verbatim. In a company of thousands, I'll bet fewer than 100 people supported that. Customers were confused because it sounds downright stupid and even condescending, and also annoyed because it takes thirty seconds to say! Luckily that didn't last too many months.
  9. We always see a few members of the Towing Industry at this show. Is anyone here going this year? If so, chime in and let us know.
  10. We have a goal of 3000 Verified Members by March 1st. We are now less than 100 members away from that mark. Guests can join now and assist us in reaching this goal. Our next goal is 6000 members by the end of the year. The Tow411 high member count was 8000 members. Do Not Forget on March 1st we will have a huge Roll Call. The intent is for every member that can log in on that day. Thank you in advance!
  11. Interstate Towing of New England spreads the word a tow truck operator is killed on the job every 6 days, totaling upwards of 60 deaths per year.
  12. For The Move Over Law: 'We're risking our lives to help people' RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- First responders and tow truck drivers put their lives on the line when responding to crashes. Virginia law requires you to move over or slow down if you see flashing lights. On Wednesday, 8News spoke with Kenny Cope, a local tow truck driver, who said he's frustrated every day on the job because people don't give him room to work. Cope says all he's asking for is for people to obey the move over law. "Very dangerous. One of the most dangerous," Cope said. He told 8News he's had some close calls on the highway. "We're right there in traffic every day," Cope told 8News, "we only have but a couple feet to work." Drivers who ignore Va.'s Move Over law could face harsher punishment Cope says he sees drivers refuse to move over while he's loading up a car. "Every time you get out of the truck you have to watch your back because somebody isn't paying attention to you," he explained. According to the International Towing and Recovery Museum, a tow truck driver is killed every six days in America. "We need people to move over so we can get home to our families," Cope said. This is why Cope's wife started a Facebook page called "Tow Wife Life." "We're risking our lives to help people," Cope told 8News. The Facebook page, which has a goal to raise awareness about the Move Over law, has over 16,000 likes. "It's not strict enough punishment, not enough people have gotten in trouble." This could change if a new bill that enforces harsher punishments for those who fail to "move over" passes. People who don't slow down or change lanes will be charged with reckless driving. The proposed bill is waiting for a vote by the full Senate. It's expected to pass. https://www.wric.com/news/virginia-news/tow-truck-driver-pushes-awareness-for-move-over-law-we-re-risking-our-lives-to-help-people-/1797694995
  13. Thanks, when the old system broke either invoices did not go out or I did not send them out due to the system not functioning properly. Fact is I wasn't even sure we were going to find another message program that worked for us. One that kept a similar look and feel, I want to say we went through a couple that fell short. This one has so much more than the others, sadly the data could not be transferred from the old system without too many glitches. So, starting over was the best solution. Make no doubt this is still Tow411, however the Message Board is now a New Force in the Industry. A TowForce to be exact, as it grows and more advances are made in the system, along with the apps. This will be the place to visit for Towing Information Without the distractions and With the highest level of professional responses. We got through last year with some fantastic supporters and an emergency fund. Those funds are gone and we are desperate to rebuild that emergency fund. So, your contributions are much appreciated. Thank you If you are not a current supporter, please consider a Patron or Sponsor Level. https://www.towforce.net/subscriptions/
  14. Bobby G. Blackwell, age 86 of Murfreesboro, died Monday, February 18, 2019 following a sudden illness. He worked as a tow truck driver for the Bob Poole family for 43 years. Survivors include his wife, Clara Ann Blackwell; sons, Anthony Blackwell and wife Laura, Charles Blackwell; a daughter, Lisa Blackwell and fiancé Morris Robinson; stepchildren, Tina Mcgee and husband Mark, Tammy Hunter and husband Jimmy, and Marshall Kendall; grandchildren, Alex, Isaac, Stephanie and Cameron Blackwell, Brandon and Eric Ray, Chandra Walker, Tevin Cole, Devonte Blackwell, Jimmy and Jeremy Hunter, Cody, Madison, Quinn, Liam, and Logan Kendall; numerous great grandchildren and a host of other loving family and friends. Visitation will be 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Ronnie Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers. An online guestbook is available for the Blackwell family at www.woodfinchapel.com.
  15. Scott Bowles Born : March 18, 1978 Entered into rest : May 11, 2017 39 years old Bowles, was loading a disabled vehicle onto the back of his Goode Towing truck at about 6:20 a.m. in Harker Heights when a minivan in the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 190/Highway 14 struck him and amputated his right leg below the knee. The tow truck’s emergency headlights were activated and Bowles was walking to the disabled vehicle when he was hit. He was rushed by ambulance to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, where he died at 7:09 a.m. RESOURCE LINK
  16. Thanks A General Membership Roll Call will be held on Friday, March 1st We will be attempting to set a record high for membership logins on that day.
  17. This one deserves a serious discussion. Would you say this is OK or Training for such situations should be a requirement.
  18. A Sioux Falls tow truck driver had frightening ordeal Tuesday on the interstate. It happened just north of the Dell Rapids exit on Interstate 29 around 10 a.m., when a routine call to pull a truck out of the ditch, turned out to be anything but routine. When the lights are flashing, no one should be dashing; especially when the roads are slippery like they were Tuesday morning. That's the message from Todd Munion, who drives for A Plus Towing, after he was nearly hit by another vehicle while on a service call on Interstate 29. "I just heard tires, a different sound of tires on the road, when I looked up he was doing 360's on his way towards me," Munion said. Munion says even though he was on the shoulder of the interstate and his lights were flashing, the driver of the northbound pickup didn't slow down and lost control. Munion says he was able to jump out of the way in the knick of time before the pickup slammed into his truck causing extensive damage. "I was just thinking, just making sure everyone was okay," Munion said. The pickup hit Munion's truck so hard, it snapped the tow truck's cable that can withstand 7,000 pounds of weight. Thursday, after looking at the damage, Munion says he's thankful no one was seriously injured or killed. "Definitely feel lucky, my family was glad I was able to make it home yesterday," Munion said. And he wants this crash to be a visual reminder for anyone who drives. "You see some flashing lights on the side of the road, slow down and move over it is the law, definitely could be life saving," Munion said. As we said the driver of the other pickup was also okay. Get this, despite all the damage to Munion's tow truck, he was still able to get the pickup out of the ditch and towed it back to Sioux Falls. Munion says he'd like to see the highway patrol conduct a 'flashing lights' sting to see how many drivers don't obey the law. RESOURCE LINK with video
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  20. Bruce Bock is a Tow411/TowForce supporting member. Glad to hear no one was injured, as much as we hate the damage. Equipment can be put back together, lives of those involved are much more difficult. Company Facebook Page had this posted: We can’t stress enough how important it is to remember to SLOW DOWN and move over for ANY and ALL emergency vehicles!!! The importance of that hit close to home last night when one of our trucks was rear ended while assisting a customer on the side of the highway. Thankfully, no one was injured. Use extreme caution when traveling in poor road conditions. Please help keep us safe while we keep you safe! @Bruce Bock
  21. PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A tow truck driver is paralyzed and still hospitalized after a violent argument with a rival driver. He says another driver shot him when they both showed up to the same crash and a fight ensued. The attorney representing the man has an office in the Strip District. He says his client was only defending himself against a man who was more than twice his size. “I’ve regretted every second of every day because now my whole entire life is changed,” the driver, Jason Stotlemeyer, said from his hospital bed. Stotlemeyer is paralyzed from the waist down after allegedly being shot by a rival tow truck driver. “I keep waking up every morning realizing that I will never be able to walk again, that I won’t be able to teach my son the things that I looked forward to teaching him,” Stotlemeyer said. The incident happened on Feb. 2 on Washington Boulevard in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh, there was an accident and two tow truck drivers showed up. Stotlemeyer’s attorney said that his client was not aware that he was not permitted to tow in that part of town. Apparently, there was an unwritten rule between tow truck drivers. Two tow truck drivers from a rival towing company showed up,” said Stotlemeyer’s attorney Casey White. “They began to threaten and harass my client to the point that he felt endangered. “These two tow truck drivers continued to harass him and they threatened that they were going to bring a third person to take care of him.” That third person showed up, and according to White, that person threatened Stotlemeyer’s life. “My client was retreating and went to his truck to grab the bat,” White said. “And once my client opened up the passenger side door of the tow truck, he turned around with a bat in his left hand, when that individual pulled out a gun and shot him.” Stotlemeyer’s is the father of a six-month-old boy and had only been a tow truck driver for three weeks. No charges have been filed against the other driver at this time. A call to his attorney was not returned. RESOURCE LINK with video
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