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  1. https://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-county/man-who-shot-and-killed-fhp-trooper-identified https://www.wptv.com/news/region-martin-county/man-who-shot-and-killed-fhp-trooper-identified
  2. Early reports say the trooper was responding to a tow truck driver who was having problems with the operator of the disabled vehicle. The problem was the driver of the disabled vehicle did not want to pay for the tow.. When the shooting started the tow driver ran for cover and was not hurt. News is still waiting for the official briefing from FHP. So sad and all over money. Heaven help the towing community.
  3. Randall, Congratulations of presenting this class!! It is surely needed. I would suggest that everyone in the tow business attend. Each time I see a tower is injured or is killed doing their job, it hits me hard. How many times have you been nearly run over ?? How many times have your traffic cones been hit ?? As a PSA for law, I have had several cones hit. You will not believe it. It could have been your employee or your self!
  4. I read the article and have some comments. The reference to glare from different color flashes was interesting but, the flash rate was based on a low number or around 2 flashes per second. If the emergency vehicle has 20 led lights flashing at 2 per second, then the total number of flashes could reach the 40 hertz flash rate which exceeds the upper limits of their recommendations. In English too many Led lamps. I do agree about the fixation being a problem. And the total number of first responder units in a small space with up to maybe 100 flashes per second would cause most drivers to stare at them. Thanks for the article. I have passed it along to the Chief Engineer of a large fire department. He was appreciative as well. JB
  5. I agree that 'less is more" for sure. Back last year I had an eye problem and since then, if I come up on an accident the local sheriffs cars and suv have so many flashing red and blue lights that it is just about impossible to see the officer attempting to handle traffic. More older drivers in Florida have vision problems than most other states. I would suggest that some lights should be shut off while on scene to prevent folks from focusing on the lights. Think about the interstate signs that get hit when there is plenty of space to miss it. If you focus on it, you will hit it. Tow trucks are not exempt from the focus and hit reaction. My 2 cents. The towers and others are running empty all over the place with their entire light display on. For the life of me, I can't figure why. Loaded. . maybe. Unloaded.. makes no sense at all. AAA driver told me that AAA suggested it as a safety measure. Cable tv, fuel trucks, equipment haulers must have thought it was cool. Go figure.
  6. Yes !! My flag business used to get really busy just before the 4th of July. Now not so much. You can forget about C'stores and storage businesses. And now some of the McDonalds are not putting flags on their flagpoles anymore. America is still great in my book !!! I guess it is sorta like someone wishing you a "Happy Memorial Day".
  7. Goodmichael is ALWAYS giving good advise. He is right on with a business plan and finding a need and filling it. Just be careful and think things through. Take a couple of weeks and visit the area you are thinking about. As you have probably seen on C'list the prices are all over the place around Orlando. I liked a couple that I saw. Flat rate $50 tow was one.. Another was a large dealership with several locations looking for a tow service. Pays $20 to $30 per tow and guarantees 3 to 4 tows a day. They make me want to go get a $100,000 roll back with a good air conditioner and sign on. NOT ! It seems that a lot of Northern folks think that Florida is a land of milk and honey but, they soon learn that you have to milk the cows and rob the bees to get that milk and honey. Plus there is always someone that will do things cheaper. Good Luck !!
  8. Put on the brakes, Richard! Florida is full of stories just like yours. First, figure out where in Florida you plan to settle. Come down and look around. Florida is infested with cheap towing companies and repo'd tow trucks. Check Craigslist in the areas you might be interested and you will see what I am talking about. Jim B
  9. I was in Sarasota today and was sitting in traffic waiting to get through a construction project. A contractor was installing LED street lights on the newly rebuilt section of the road. He had his bucket truck working on the lamp poles and behind it was a flatbed truck with a lift gate on the back. The lift gate was modified to hold those blue plastic barrels in an upright position. They were supported by some heavy looking racks on the truck side of the lift gate. The truck had a bunch of cones, an arrow board that folded down and amber LEDs on the rear. It looked like it had been whacked a few times but was doing the job. Now, I got to thinking that all the stuff could be made on a subframe and fitted to a cab and chassis of some kind. If the truck died, take it off and put it on another chassis. Lift gates are easy to get used, You could make an arrow board from scratch. Might be worth spending some time drawing. Drums with sand shouldn't be a problem. ( I am cheap !!) JimB
  10. Good to see more input. What would you have to invest to make a traffic control vehicle. I assume an arrow board, amber lights (maybe red to the rear) cones and flares, vests etc. With the investment, a billable fee should be determined and just bill the insurance company as equipment necessary for the job. Include pics and a written description of the use of the traffic control vehicle. A reference to the OSHA in the written description of the requirement for the vehicle to be on scene for the recovery should suffice and you get paid. Here,the LEO usually leaves as soon as possible because of the calls that are backing up as clean-up takes a while at times. On scene traffic control leaves with the LEO. Insurance companies should be informed in the description of the services and equipment you used. Thanks to everyone that input information and suggestions to this thread. Something has got to b e done to make the scene safer. Any work on the side of the highway has just gotten too dangerous to stand by and do nothing. JimB
  11. Good Job! Now take Talon to get some "Throwed Rolls"
  12. I might be the cause of such low numbers of participation. I sorta hijacked the thread. Maybe Ron could move the conversation to another post and give it a title that would draw more participants. Brian mentioned the Road Ranger type responders and we have that here in Florida. In SW FL we also have a company that does maintenance on the interstates called DBI. On major wrecks, DBI responds at the request of FHP and brings some trucks with fold over arrow signage and a ton of orange cones. These guys do an outstanding job of lane control / closure. That type response is what I had in mind if the insurance companies would pay the bill for the service. I could be another profit center as Brian says, for tow and road service companies. To me it would be a win - win for the insurance companies. Lower the injuries and deaths on the roadway. Maybe use it as advertising somehow. I really want to thank the participants thus far. We know there are others that would join in. You are a great bunch of guys !!
  13. Yeah!! Around here, its the winch cable on one end and 1 chain on the other.
  14. This may not be doable but, would insurance pay for a "safety responder" type support vehicle to respond to accident scenes to add additional safety for the operator?? Equipment with lights, cones, flares, vests and maybe scene lighting etc. LE seems to leave the scene and the towers are left to clean up with no additional safety support. Just a thought. . .
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