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Failure to Follow Move Over Law Causes Another Fatality

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Sadly, we have lost another one of our own due to an intoxicated mans decision to drive and neglect the Move Over Law in Louisiana.

Twenty five year old Blaze Louviere, was a tow truck operator for Guy’s Towing in  Breaux Bridge. At around 2:20 a.m Sunday morning he was on the shoulder of I-10 with his yellow emergency lights on preparing to tow a disabled vehicle when, for reasons that are unknown a 2000 GMC Yukon struck the tow truck operator and fled the scene.

Tow operator, Mr. Louviere… Continue reading

Stay Safe During The Holiday Weekend

The Independence day holiday is commonly considered one of the most dangerous times of the year to travel. This is mostly due to the large number of celebrating (and intoxicated) drivers on the road. There’s certainly nothing wrong with having a few beers and spending some time celebrating with friends, but it’s never a good idea to jump in your vehicle after you’ve been drinking.

This holiday weekend if you have been drinking and need to get your car home, but don’t want to drive intoxicated, you can call a local towing company for road side assistance. First, let us… Continue reading

What to Do If You Are Caught in a Flash Flood

.facebook_335619908With many states currently being in a drought, even the smallest amount of rain can cause flash flooding if it falls too quickly. The ground simply can not absorb the water fast enough, so it runs off of the ground causing creeks, streams and roads to over flow at an incredibly fast rate.

Do you know what you would do if you were driving and suddenly caught in a flash flood.

First of all do not panic. Try to get to higher ground as quickly as possible, do not attempt to drive over a flooded roadway or bridge. Keep in… Continue reading

THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT HAPPENED, by Bill Bowser

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Bill’s Cadillac

It was 1956.   I hadn’t been repossessing for very long at this time.  I got a repo in Burlington, Colorado, which is about 150 miles East of Denver.  My partner and I drove there and found the 1953 Buick that we were looking for  sitting in the yard.  The yard had a 36 inch-high fence and gate.  We thought that we might get caught so we decided to check in with law enforcement.  In those days, all there were in little towns were town marshals.  We found the marshal… Continue reading

New Laws Regulating Hours of Service Goes in Effect Today, July 1st, 2013

Scania R 440 6x2 B-double tanker combination.The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has new laws going in effect as of today, July 1st, 2013. The FMCSA announced in December of 2011 that they were decreasing the number of hours a driver can spend behind the wheel. These Final Rules were put into effect February 27th, 2012, giving companies until July 1st, 2013 to be in compliance with the new Hours of Service regulations.

The new regulations have several different stipulations that apply to different types of commercial trucking companies in different ways. Many drivers and company owners still have questions about this… Continue reading

Barcelona Cop Extracts Vigilante Justice From Tow Truck Drivers

Unfortunately, some individuals don’t take too kindly to being towed. And, what’s worse is those who decide that they will take the law into their own hands and try to exact their own brand of vigilante justice. This is even stranger and more ridiculous when the perpetrator in question is himself responsible for enforcing the law. That makes it even stranger when we come across stories like this one, where a police officer in Barcelona decided to indiscriminately pull over several tow truck drivers and ticket them for non-existent offenses in retaliation for his own car being towed by a… Continue reading

AAA Launches New Bicycle Road Side Assistance Program

It looks like AAA is expanding its service once again in its quest to become the best road side assistance service in the US (some would say it is already there). Last time the news we brought you was the notice that AAA would be offering a few vehicles equipped with mobile charging systems that could assist EVs (electric vehicles) that had run out of juice and become stranded. Now, the news is the popular auto insurance company is expanding its vehicle recovery and assistance program to cover bicycles as well as automobiles.

The pilot program which will initially be… Continue reading

Things to Consider When Venturing Out into Remote Areas

poppies and mountain i40 biltmore exitIt’s summer time and whether you are planning a day trip in the mountains or a week long camping trip, there are several things that you should keep in mind and pay close attention to.

You’ve loaded up the truck and are ready to go explore for the day. Make sure to have plenty of water and snacks, a flash light, flares and extra clothes, there is no such thing as being overly prepared. When you are heading into the mountains or any remote location pay close attention to your surroundings, keeping any distinguishing landmarks or signs as reference points.… Continue reading

The University of Texas To Use Wheel Locks Instead Of Towing Vehicles

The University of Texas in Austin, one of the largest universities in the country, has announced that it will no longer tow vehicles that are parked illegally or in violation of school policy. Instead, the college has decided to utilize wheel locks and boots to immobilize vehicles and to save money rather than paying for what they describe as rising tow service costs. The university decision was also predicated on concerns over the stress that not knowing where a vehicle was located could cost.

According to the University of Texas, the decision is expected to save them a significant amount… Continue reading

San Antonio Tow Truck Operator Severely Injured

LAPDAt around 2:30 am Saturday morning, tow truck operator Michael Parten was dispatched to assist a police officer that was currently making a DWI arrest near Loop 410 and Perrin Beitel in San Antonio, Texas.

While Parten was assisting the officer, police say a drunk driver slammed into the rear end of the patrol car causing the tow truck operator to be pinned between the vehicle and the wall. Parten was then transported to a local hospital by EMS in serious condition.

Currently, the tow truck operator is still in serious condition, suffering a severely damaged leg, lacerations on his… Continue reading