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Cruse, Borowski, Anderson, Riker Named to Safety Commission

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Four tow industry stalwarts have been named to American Towman’s Roadside Safety Commission, Publisher Dennie Ortiz announced, as AT begins to build the brain trust that will proactively address the current state of roadside safety, what is and what isn’t being done to protect tow operators working the white line.

The Commission will consist of industry veterans. Justin Cruse is president of WreckMaster, the world’s foremost towing and recovery training organization. John Borowski, a tow business owner and operator for over thirty years is VP of Towing Programs for AutoReturn, the leading national dispatcher of police tows; he is also AT’s Safety Editor. Tommy Anderson, a tow business owner for thirty years, is the founding, executive director of the Southwest Tow Operators, one of the nation’s largest tow associations. Brian Riker, a tow operator for twenty-six years, is president of Fleet Compliance Solutions and a field editor for American Towman.

Today the problem of distracted drivers on phones has added to the dangers towers face, where alcohol and drugs were once the primary culprits. About 100 towers and other first responders are killed annually working the roadside, struck by passing vehicles. “Individual tow business owners have been innovative with their practices, and progress on enforcing move-over laws has been slowly improving,” said Dennie Ortiz, Publisher of American Towman Magazine. Ortiz added that the progress has been ”too slow” while deaths and injuries keep mounting. “Our industry needs to be focused, all pulling on the same rope, toward actions that will reduce the risk for towers.”


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