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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingDecember 05 - December 11, 2018

Field Tests of Move Over Camera Concluded

Brekford Traffic Safety announced it has successfully concluded field tests of its Argos Guardian slow down/move over enforcement technology in Ohio. The testing was completed in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and tow companies to validate its efficiency as well as highlight consistent motorist violation of the law. Tests that took place between September and November identified 545 violations. With an average stop time of 10 minutes, there were approximately seven violations per traffic stop during the testing period. Source:
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FMCSA Denies 10 Groups Exemption Requests

FMCSA announced in a Federal Register notice it has denied 10 ELD exemption requests from various trade organizations and associations, set to be published today. The agency officially denied the requests last summer, but it is required to publicly announce the denials in the Federal Register. Included in the denials was a petition from Towing and Recovery Association of America. TRAA requested a five-year exemption on behalf of the towing industry saying at the time its operations warrants an ELD exemption and the industry planned to continue using and reviewing paper logs to verify their accuracy. FMCSA's denial said though the use of paper logs would have been comparable before the ELD mandate, it's not equivalent to the safety that ELDs provide. Source:

N.J. Radio Host Opposes [b]'Move Over'

A union representing New Jersey State Police troopers claims New Jersey radio host Judi Franco is "trampling on the graves of fallen police officers" with her opposition to the state's Move Over law. The State Troopers' Fraternal Association President Wayne Blanchard issued a statement in response to an opinion piece by Franco criticizing a proposed upgrade to the state law that fines drivers who violate the law. Franco called the existing law "silly" and unnecessary in her opinion piece under the headline "Dead cops make bad laws." Source:
FMCSA Denies 10 Groups Exemption Requests
Denials were entered into the Federal Register today, as required
Field Tests of Move Over Camera Concluded
Two-month field tests in Ohio recorded 545 violations
N.J. Radio Host Opposes ‘Move Over’
State police issues statement criticizing radio personality

Reward for Info [b]on Death

Ft. Worth, Texas, detectives are asking for public assistance in locating a driver and vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run. The incident occurred at approximately 12:15 a.m. on November 20th on the right shoulder of 7300 S. Freeway I-35.

The victim was standing beside his tow truck which was parked on the right shoulder of the freeway. A vehicle struck the tow truck and the victim, killing the victim. The suspect vehicle continued southbound without stopping to help the victim.

A witness described the vehicle as a white semi that was pulling a "grain-type" trailer with a gray tarp. The truck will have damage to the right front side including the right headlight. It will also have fiberglass body damage. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 817-392-4892.

Southwest Tow Operators with dave's Hi-Way wrecker and TowKing are offering a $2,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect who is responsible for this tow truck operator's death.

"We believe we are looking for a Rock Hauler or Dump Truck," said STO Executive Director Tommy Anderson, "1990 to a 2004 International, white with fiberglass missing on hood and or fender.

"We really need help tracking this coward down. This is becoming a bigger problem everyday. No one should lose their life because someone else can't pay attention while they are driving and abide the law. Any help or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated"

Sources: Ft. Worth, Texas, Police; Southwest Tow Operators
Captains of Industry: Rotation Standards, Safety & Towman of the Year

Ascending ... [b]and Achieving

This is the time of year that many professional people do an evaluation of sorts. Oftentimes it usually has a theme of, "Have I advanced in my career, my business ... my life? Am I better off today than I was at last year this time?"

Of course, the only person that can answer that is you. Do you feel that you did the necessary things to move forward this past year? Did you get that training? Did you lead your team to the best of your ability? Has the business advanced?

It seems as if (as Johnny Nash once sang) "there are more questions than answers." But in those questions are the necessary impetus for moving forward ... for ascending.

It's never too late for your business or your life to take off. It's never too late to do those things that you planned to do this year; but for one reason or another, you never got around to it.

And of course, for those who may have had unfortunate setbacks in 2018, it's never too late for course-correction.

The important thing to always remember is that it CAN be done. Your life, your business can be in a position of ascending—anytime the motor behind it—YOU—makes it happen.

With that in mind, you'll be in the positive state of achieving.

--Charles Duke
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Python Introduced at [b]AT Expo

DSC 0005 87fa2Dynamic Towing Equipment & Manufacturing introduced its new light-duty Python at the American Towman Exposition XXX last month.

The new Dynamic Python light-duty unit has a 5,000-lbs. wheel lift with 84" of reach. The Python boom has a vertically mounted single-deck cylinder for a quicker hookup. The boom is mounted right next to the cab and dropped below the deck, providing more visibility and reduces weight transfer to the rear wheels.

This new design keeps more weight on the front axle, which provides increased stability. The company said the Python comes with the largest toolboxes in the industry and has easy access to the hydraulics.

The Python comes standard with an all-steel one-piece body; lighter, rust-resistant poly fenders are an option. The Dynamic Python is available as a wheel lift, drag winch, or with a recovery boom with single- or dual-winch options.
By Don Lomax
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