Move Over Laws in the News
A new report from Odessa, Texas, says that increased traffic due to the area’s oil boom translates into more accidents, and tow truck drivers speak out that responding to those roadside crashes puts their lives at risk.
Florida’s Move Over law was put into the public spotlight after the death of towing operator Kit Tappen, 41, who was killed in June after being struck by a tractor trailer on Interstate 95 while assisting a driver whose car had broken down.
Towing operators in Minnesota and Wisconsin are urging people to remember that the law requiring motorists to move over for emergency and maintenance vehicles includes tow trucks. (more…)[continue reading this article...]
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Still Going Strong
White Huff Towing Brooklyn Park, Md., has been in business for over 30 years. This truck, a 1995 International 4700 (DT 408 engine and manual transmission) with a 19-foot Century steel bed with wheel-lift is driven by Joe White. It was purchased new by his father and is the first new rollback purchased for the company.
The truck currently has over 800,000 thousand miles and is in use daily.
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You Can Pull it, But Can You Stop It?
Some tow truck operators seem to fixate on the tow rating of the truck and forget that the braking ability of the truck is based on its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) not the Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR). All truck manufacturers indicate that for […][continue reading this article...]
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He loves to greet everyone who comes in the door, bark at motorcycles and put the air ride seat all the way up so he can look around.
B&B Wrecker and Recovery, Inc.
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In recognition of the dangers associated with the towing profession, the Canadian Automobile Association has made a donation to a fund that supports families of tow truck drivers killed on the job.
Late last year, Jason Schaffer of Accel Towing and Transport in Brandon, Manitoba, was killed while hooking up a vehicle on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway. The vehicle moved forward, rolling over Jason while he was under the vehicle.
“As Canada’s largest provider of roadside assistance, CAA understands the risks faced every day by tow truck operators,” said Mike Mager, president of CAA Manitoba. “That is why we are pleased to do our part to help the families of those who have lost a loved one.”
CAA donates $2,250 annually to the Survivor Fund of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. The Survivor Fund was established to benefit families, such as the Schaffers, who lost a loved one while aiding the motoring public.
In the case of the Schaffers, CAA also matched the Survivor Fund’s donation to the family dollar for dollar.
“Not many Canadians realize how dangerous it is to be a tow truck operator,” Mager said. “Imagine doing your job while having vehicles zip by you only a few feet away at 100 km/h [over 60 mph] — this is a daily reality for tow truck operators.”
Industry estimates suggest that as many as 100 or more tow truck operators are killed annually while on the job in North America.
CAA Clubs continue to work with provincial authorities to promote the need for “Slow Down Move Over” legislation to protect all roadside assistance workers.
More information about the Survivor Fund visit www.thesurvivorfund.com.
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