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    New York State Police Issues Over 200 Tickets During Move Over Law Crackdown

    Move Over CrackdownAccording to news reports, a five-day move over law enforcement detail by the New York State Police issued 230 tickets on the New York State Thruway Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18. The number of tickets tallied to four times the amount compared to a typical one-week enforcement period, reports said. 

    Police issued citations to motorists who did not slow down and move over for law enforcement vehicles, tow trucks, maintenance vehicles, ambulances and construction vehicles. 

    “Every day, our first responders put their lives on the line to ensure the safety and security of our motorists and the roadways they depend on,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “With this aggressive campaign, our message rings loud and clear — we have zero tolerance for irresponsible driving that puts our police officers, emergency personnel and other workers in harm’s way. I thank state and local law enforcement for their efforts to enforce the rules of the road and ensure the protection of all New Yorkers.”  (more…)

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    Custom-built for AE Collision & Towing Inc.

    AE Collision and Towing IncThis 2016 Ford F-550 4 wheel drive with a Chevron 408TA is from the fleet of AE Collision & Towing Inc. in Eugene, Ore. Custom-built by Fleet Sales West of Woodburn, Ore., the bed can be controlled from inside the cab or the rear of the bed and features rear hydraulic stiff legs — a feature normally seen on medium-duty units.

    Features also include an extendable boom with twin 9,000-lb. winches, a tunnel box that houses the dolly bars on a sliding track so they can be easily accessed from either side of the truck, a Torrent LED light bar with alley lights and fold-away brackets for low clearance situations, four LED strobes and a custom-built grille by Royalty Core. The truck’s custom paint job is green with a matte finish and gloss black accents.

    AE Collision & Towing Inc. offers towing, roadside assistance, private property impound services and repossessions to customers in the Eugene and Springfield areas.

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    MojoThought you might like to meet our tow dog Mojo, a three-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who just loves to tow. Anywhere her tow truck driver (aka John Chase) goes she’s there to help — and the best part is that the people who meet her are often stressed and she helps to calm them down. She recently received her first tip: a $10 gift card to Petco.

    Mojo loves to ride on John’s shoulders and is frequently spotted on his back while he performs emergency roadside services.

    The only thing she likes as much as towing is being a 12th man.  She’s always in blue on Fridays (year round) to support her Seahawks.

    Gail Chase

    ABC Towing Inc.

    Seattle, Wash.

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Jerr-Dan Introduces “JD Junior” Children’s Character

JD JuniorJerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation Company (NYSE:OSK) has unveiled its new character “JD Junior” on the Jerr-Dan website. Designed to introduce children to the world of towing by helping them gain an understanding of the towing industry at an early age, JD Junior was created to be both instructional and entertaining. 

The miniature tow truck character engages with children, specifically those of tow owners and operators. The JD Junior character is introduced via an interactive children’s webpage –, showing children the challenges their parents and other real life road warriors face. JD Junior also illustrates the hard work and commitment that their parents and others bring to the job every day. 

The interactive website has many activities including interactive adventures of JD and his family of trucks, online games, printable coloring pages, matching exercises and fill-in-the-blank stories. 

JD Junior’s family has been rescuing vehicles for generations. An energetic little tow truck, JD is always trying to help rescue vehicles. Although he’s a little too young and still learning the rules of the road, children will help him get rid of his “training wheels” to become a full-sized tow truck in his family’s business. 

“We’re changing the way we reach and relate to the tow community, engaging with the drivers of tomorrow to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the industry,” said Jeff Irr, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Jerr-Dan. “We have a rich family history dating back to 1974. We want to celebrate the people who make our business possible, while inspiring the next generation to carry the torch.” 


Source: Jerr-Dan Corporation

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    From our latest issue

    2016 Shine ‘n Star Winners and More

    The Tow Times November issue reveals the 2016 Shine ‘n Star tow truck beauty contest winners. The Shine ‘n Star contest is powered by Ford Trucks, and on this issue’s cover is a 2000 Kenworth W900 with a Holmes DTU unit — our 2016 Grand Prize winner. See the November issue for details about this Grand Prize winner. The November issue also contains a photo review of the Tennessee Tow Show and the 100th year celebration of the tow truck, what’s ahead in fleet financing and a look at how tow truck owners can use fleet tracking to optimize their businesses.

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