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Tow Operators Rescue Man from North Carolina Floodwaters

Two tow operators are in the news after rescuing a man trapped on the roof of his car surrounded by rushing floodwaters in Jamestown, N.C. According to news reports, the two drivers, Danny Ward and Phillip Alston, were driving back to their shop in the early morning darkness on June 8 when they saw vehicle…

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Raising the Bar

What’s needed to raise the bar of professionalism in the towing and recovery industry? What will it take to raise the standards of quality or the motoring public’s expectations our industry? My first thought would be education and communication. I had a lively discussion with a fellow tower about training and the three levels of TRAA certification.…

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California Tow Operator Killed in Hit-and-Run Identified

The tow operator who was killed in Castaic, Calif., on May 31 has been identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. Erwin Geremillo, 47, a resident of Castaic and operator for AAA, was loading a vehicle on a tow truck on the southbound 5 Freeway when he was struck by a tandem-axle truck. The…

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We Need to Talk

I sometimes struggle when I have to talk to someone about a difficult situation. I’m not sure what to say or how to say it. And it doesn’t have to be business-related either. I was recently faced with a situation that I needed to shift from being challenging to becoming cooperative. I decided to go…

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New “Slow Down Move Over” Signs for Manitoba Highways

The provincial government of Manitoba has announced that it will erect signs on Manitoba highways to raise awareness of the slow down and move over law to protect emergency responders. The law currently states that if the speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour or higher, motorists approaching emergency vehicles must slow to 60 kph.…

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TRAA Elects First Female President

The Towing and Recovery Association of America, Inc. ® (TRAA) held its biennial elections for all executive cabinet positions and the results were announced at the conclusion of TRAA’s Annual General Membership Meeting, April 12 in Orlando, Fla. Joanne Blyton of Montana was elected TRAA’s first female president. “It’s taken 40 years, but TRAA finally…

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Detroit Connect Platform Integrates First Telematics Service Provider

Detroit™ Connect, Daimler Trucks North America’s suite of connected vehicle services has announced that third party telematics service providers can now be integrated into the Detroit Connect platform. The proprietary Detroit Connect platform, exclusive to the Freightliner® new Cascadia®, was designed to allow the services of third party providers to be supported via the platform, providing…

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ITRHFM to Sell LED Flashing Safety Arrows

The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum has announced that it recently completed an agreement to sell portable, lighted safety arrows. The effort, intended to complement the Survivor Fund, continues the museum’s efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of the towing and road service profession. The safety arrows are designed to…

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Iowa Police Conduct Move Over Law Enforcement Campaign

The Iowa State Patrol conducted an enforcement campaign of the state’s move over law along Highway 218 and I-80 in Johnson County on May 29. According to a KWWL.com news report, tow trucks were staged on the roadside as part of the enforcement, and police vehicles also parked on the roadside pulled over motorists who failed to…

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