http://www.wecheckinc.com Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:13:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Upcoming Winter Promises More Dangerous Tows And Mountain Rescues http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/upcoming-winter-promises-dangerous-tows-mountain-rescues/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/upcoming-winter-promises-dangerous-tows-mountain-rescues/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:13:25 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2825 It’s November, and you know what that means. It means winter is well on its way. That means  another season of snowy, icy weather and all of the hazards and dangers that poses for both motorists and the tow truck drivers and other recovery professionals who inevitably get called in to help when they get […]

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It’s November, and you know what that means. It means winter is well on its way. That means  another season of snowy, icy weather and all of the hazards and dangers that poses for both motorists and the tow truck drivers and other recovery professionals who inevitably get called in to help when they get stuck or stranded up one of the many treacherous mountain roads here in Colorado.

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CC Image courtesy of andyarthur on Flickr

It’s certainly not breaking news that towing is a dangerous job. But, it undoubtedly becomes even more dangerous when winter rolls around. Winter weather conditions can create all kinds of trouble for motorists who then often need to be bailed out when their vehicle gets stuck in a snowy bank or on an impassable icy road. It’s not just rescuing stranded motorists, either. Winter weather also brings snow storms and foggy/icy conditions which impede visibility and traction, respectively. The end result? More accidents on the roads.

These kinds of road side assistance and vehicle recovery operations become commonplace for tow truck drivers in the winter, and we’ve reported on them before. We expect more for the upcoming winter as well.

‘Snow Don’t Fall On Summer’s Time’

For Colorado tow truck drivers, winter poses a new set of obstacles to be overcome and challenges to be met. It’s much the same for towing services that operate in mountainous regions all over the country (and around the globe as well). These towers must face difficult conditions compounded by the higher than average rates of snowfall and steep grades that characterize mountainous areas.

Here in the gateway to the Mountain West, we’ve so far been lucky with the snows; seeing only minor snowfalls in most areas up to this point. But, it is early still and the difficult conditions in the mountains are posed not only by snowfall, but also by icy and slick roads of which there are plenty this time of year.

How To Avoid Getting Caught Off Guard (And Off-Road) By A Surprise Mountain Snowstorm

Elsewhere in the country they haven’t been quite as lucky. There have already been difficult situations for towing services, even this early into the season. Oregon’s Mount Hood, for example, just received eight inches of snowfall in less than 24 hours. This left many motorists stuck and in need of the assistance of towing services. In particular the biggest problem with the recent snowfall was motorists getting caught off-guard, and off-road, by the snowfall.

Many people enjoy off-road (or dirt road) driving in order to reach more isolated places in our many beautiful mountain parks and towns. But, even if you have an SUV with 4-wheel drive and all-weather tires, you can get can easily get stuck if you run into mountain snowstorms, which have a bad reputation for starting suddenly and dropping several inches of fluffy powder in less than a few hours.

Winter In The Mountains: Hope For The Best, But Prepare For The Worst

Mountains can be absolutely stunning in the winter, which is why many brave the roads to ski, snowboard, hike or just enjoy the views. But, it’s important to be prepared for an emergency at the same time.

The importance of bringing proper equipment and survival gear in these areas cannot be overstated. In particular it’s a good idea to always have the following items in (or on) your vehicle:

  • Foldable snow shovel and sand/gravel for providing patches of traction

  • Matches, lighters and flashlights

  • Blankets

  • Tire chains

  • Ice scraper and brush (for removing large amounts of snow)

  • Extra food and water

  • Map of the area

  • Flares, signal mirror or other signalling equipment

  • Reliable cell phone (or better yet, a satellite phone)

  • CORSAR Card (in Colorado, this $3 piece of plastic could save you hundreds if search and rescue is required)

1421812_61330684In many mountain areas, you shouldn’t even try to take on many smaller roads without a decent four-wheel drive vehicle. And even then, you should let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back so they can find you if something goes wrong. Cell phones are indispensable in many situations, but are notorious for becoming non-functioning paperweights in mountain areas. Don’t rely on them to save you in a pinch.

If In Doubt, Leave The Towing To The Professionals

Towing seems like such a simple act. All you’re doing is moving one vehicle with another vehicle. How hard can it possibly be? Well, as any Colorado tow truck driver who has operated in the mountains can tell you, it can quickly get much more complicated than that.

Still, many outdoor enthusiasts can’t help themselves and take to the mountain roads, even in winter, with their campers and fifth-wheel trailers. We wouldn’t want to ruin anyone’s plans for a nice weekend, but you should know that towing with your own vehicle gets much more complicated and dangerous in the winter.

A recent list of the most difficult tows in America by Diesel Power Magazine had 3 mountainous Colorado highways on the top 10. It doesn’t surprise us (and it shouldn’t surprise you) that the steep grades (up to 6% on interstates) and long stretches can really test any towing vehicle. That’s why it is absolutely essential to be an experienced tower if you are using your own vehicle to tow on mountain roads in the winter. Also, make sure that you check brakes and perform regular maintenance on your vehicle to make sure it is up to the task just as much as you are.

And, when in doubt, leave the towing to the professionals. If you do end up in a pickle later on, you’ll certainly be able to find a friendly Colorado tow truck driver to help you out, but these towing services are unlikely to be pro-bono.

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Emergency Tools That Can Help You Out In Worst Case Auto Scenarios http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/emergency-tools-can-help-worst-case-auto-scenarios/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/emergency-tools-can-help-worst-case-auto-scenarios/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:47:26 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2819 Automobiles have certainly made modern living much easier and more convenient, but the fact is that they are still large pieces of machinery and there are a lot of things that can go wrong on (and off) the road which may leave you up the infamous creek. In order to make sure that you are […]

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Automobiles have certainly made modern living much easier and more convenient, but the fact is that they are still large pieces of machinery and there are a lot of things that can go wrong on (and off) the road which may leave you up the infamous creek.

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In order to make sure that you are ready for (almost) any eventuality when driving, it’s a good idea to have a few simple tools and items in your vehicle to enable you to quickly escape or find help when you get into a sticky situation like a nasty accident. At a minimum you should have some basic items to help you stay safe and survive if you end up stranded, perhaps while waiting for a tow truck to come and provide road side assistance.

  1. LifeHammer – If you haven’t heard of these devices, then you may not know of the amazing life-saving power of these tools. A LifeHammer is a device which has a sharp cutting edge on one side and a hammer on the other. It is designed to allow you to quickly escape a bad situation if you get in one. The hammer to break a window to escape the wreckage of a car and the blade to cut your seatbelt easily and quickly. If you just have one emergency tool in your vehicle, this should probably be it.

  2. Jumper cables – These little guys are indispensable because they can be the difference between easily being able to jump start your car if your battery dies and having to call a tow truck which could cost you a fair amount (especially if you’re not a member of AAA or a similar road side assistance program).

  3. Blanket and extra food – This might seem a bit extreme, but if you regularly travel in wintery conditions and in less populous areas, this could be the extra bit of survival gear that you need to make it overnight if you become stranded in a remote area.

  4. Duct tape – Duct tape is the ultimate tool. Its uses are endless, from repairing items to providing a means to easily hack together a makeshift shelter. It’s one of those items that it never hurts to have with you for whatever may befall you.

  5. Flashlight – None of the rest of this gear would be very good at night without a flashlight to see what you’re doing. Plus, a flashlight allows you to be able to read or play cards when waiting for the tow truck to come and provide road side assistance.

Cars have become such a normal part of our lives that we often don’t consider, just how dangerous they can be. Having these tools with you can keep you more comfortable or even save your life in the right situation.

 

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Tow Truck Driver Rescues Distraught Washington Motorist From Surf http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/tow-truck-driver-rescues-distraught-washington-motorist-surf/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/tow-truck-driver-rescues-distraught-washington-motorist-surf/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:49:12 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2815 A motorist on the border of Washington and Oregon state has become the victim of the salty, grey ocean in towing news this morning. The man who was identified as 27-year-old William Harris, told authorities that he was looking for mushrooms with a friend when he tried to move his truck further up along the […]

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A motorist on the border of Washington and Oregon state has become the victim of the salty, grey ocean in towing news this morning. The man who was identified as 27-year-old William Harris, told authorities that he was looking for mushrooms with a friend when he tried to move his truck further up along the beach and then promptly fell asleep at the wheel.

4WD crossing flooded roadHe was awoken by waves lapping at his feet and then called authorities for help. Initially, Harris reported a drowning victim to authorities who sent police cars and other emergency services. But, when they realized that the real problem wasn’t that Harris was at risk of drowning, but that his black pickup truck was instead, they had to call in a tow truck driver to help free the vehicle from the surf.

The tow truck driver who showed up had to hook up the vehicle to a long tow cable in order to use a winch to free the truck from the sinking sand. Harris himself was unharmed beyond being a bit wet and confused about what happened.

One man who was certainly also not happy about the situation, when he received this towing news was 40-year-old Ronald Legler, who was the owner of the pickup truck and the man who was searching for mushrooms among the dunes with Harris when Harris left to look further up the shore.

Police who responded to the incident along with the towing service commented that the men were not intoxicated and that they could not find any illegal or debilitating substances when they searched the vehicle. Whatever led Harris to fall asleep at the wheel was either in his body before he began driving, or his sudden snooze could have simply been from sleep deprivation.

After wading into the water to attach the towline, the tow truck driver had no problem recovering the vehicle, but it was not clear whether the truck was still operational after all of the water flooding its engine. After it was all over, the tow truck driver was congratulated on a successful job well done. The mushroom hunters, however, went home empty-handed.

 

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AAA Offers ‘Tipsy Tow’ Service For Halloween In 9 States http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/aaa-offers-tipsy-tow-service-halloween-9-states/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/11/aaa-offers-tipsy-tow-service-halloween-9-states/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:45:06 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2812 The popular roadside assistance and auto insurance provider, AAA, will be providing its ‘Tipsy Tow’ service in 9 different states in time for Halloween. Aware of the fact that this popular American holiday usually includes copious amounts of alcohol, the insurance company has chosen to provide a way for those who aren’t able to drive […]

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The popular roadside assistance and auto insurance provider, AAA, will be providing its ‘Tipsy Tow’ service in 9 different states in time for Halloween. Aware of the fact that this popular American holiday usually includes copious amounts of alcohol, the insurance company has chosen to provide a way for those who aren’t able to drive to get a tow service to get their vehicles (and themselves) home.

1063442_83885751Various local AAA affiliates have been providing this tow service for many years and it is often available for major US holidays, including Labor Day, New Year’s Eve, Independence Day and Halloween. AAA clubs in 9 states (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, New Jersey, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and parts of California and Virginia) will send a tow truck to help stranded motorists, whether you are a member or not.

However, the company doesn’t want to merely be seen as enabling irresponsible drunken behavior. It has also established a website where motorists can find information about the dangers of drunk driving. The website, which is online at PreventDUI.AAA.com, is designed as a resource for information about the incredible devastation that drunken driving wreaks on this country. Users can also take a pledge to drive drug and alcohol free.

We Check supports any tow service that helps people get home safely and without any injury to themselves or others. We remind everyone to celebrate safely this Halloween and make sure that you designate a driver or find another way to get to and from any location where you will be drinking. Although these ‘Tipsy Tow’ services can be great, getting picked up by a tow truck because you are too drunk to drive should absolutely be a last resort.

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Is ‘Roam Towing’ Fair Play Or Too Aggressive? http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/roam-towing-fair-play-aggressive/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/roam-towing-fair-play-aggressive/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:41:32 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2806 It seems that the vast majority of the complaints about towing services these days come from a practice of actively monitoring lots for unauthorized vehicles. This practice, sometimes called ‘roam towing’ and more critically termed ‘predatory towing’, has angered many car owners and also some officials who have spoken about, and occasionally followed through by […]

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It seems that the vast majority of the complaints about towing services these days come from a practice of actively monitoring lots for unauthorized vehicles. This practice, sometimes called ‘roam towing’ and more critically termed ‘predatory towing’, has angered many car owners and also some officials who have spoken about, and occasionally followed through by changing the laws.

1149220_66433585But, because the vast majority of these tows are not illegal, the debate is really about whether they are too aggressive and thus create enough negative backlash for a towing business to reconsider their policy towards doing them. Although these ‘roam tows’ often times do create backlash and anger on the part of those who are towed, changing this practice could be difficult indeed.

That’s because many towing businesses contract with private property owners, which is where nearly all of these types of tows take place.

These contracts usually set out the expectations for the towing business, and often explicitly state that the towing service should remove vehicles that are not permitted, or that belong to individuals who are not patronizing the business or businesses which own the lot. In this way, failure to follow through by monitoring the lot and towing vehicles which meet this criteria, could be seen as a violation of the contract and a failure to perform.

In this way, we can see that these practices are not simply the choice of the towing business. They are reflective of the agreement made with property owners or managers.

However, an argument could be made that some towing businesses are too quick to call a tow truck out when a car has been parked in a particular area. There’s something to be said for allowing a bit of a grace period or permitting a warning for first-time violators. Still, this would have to rely on a judgement call by the tow truck driver in most cases.

If you are a tow truck driver or work for a towing business, what has been your experience? What do you think about this issue? Is it a problem?

 

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Is Indoor Storage Necessary For Some Impounds? http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/indoor-storage-necessary-impounds/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/indoor-storage-necessary-impounds/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 23:07:41 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2803 Many towing services operate their own impound in addition to providing vehicle recovery and roadside assistance services. This is a common sense approach because many of the vehicles that are recovered and towed for being illegally parked, or salvaged from accidents must be impounded or stored at a secure location. But, now some are questioning […]

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Many towing services operate their own impound in addition to providing vehicle recovery and roadside assistance services. This is a common sense approach because many of the vehicles that are recovered and towed for being illegally parked, or salvaged from accidents must be impounded or stored at a secure location. But, now some are questioning whether some of these vehicle recoveries should be impounded in a more secure location, often an indoor facility.

Vector cartoon tow truckThere are a few towing services that offer indoor storage for vehicles, but certainly not every tow service does have this capability. Building and maintaining an indoor storage facility for more than a few vehicles can be expensive, so there must be a demand for it that enables towing services to realize a return on their investment.

Perhaps just this demand is starting to grow. At least north of the border. A recent dispute over their fairness of the way that police have been using the agreed upon rotation between tow companies to divide up state contracted tows has come under fire in Orangeville, Ontario.

Some of the towing services there were frustrated over the fact that police tend to favor one particular company over all of the others when it comes to contracting with a business to impound vehicles.

The police response? This company is the only one that has sufficient indoor storage facilities, which we think are required for some tows where the security of the vehicle may be at jeopardy. Whether these security concerns are justified or not is up for debate. There have certainly been some instances of car owners (or criminals) breaking into impounds and stealing vehicles. But, whether these cases occur frequently to require indoor storage and impounding is another matter.

Regardless, towing services on both sides of the border need to decide whether or not the investment is a worthwhile one based on their own experience and the actions of law enforcement in their area. There may be other reasons that an indoor impound could be useful as well, but because of the cost these advantages and disadvantages need to be weighed carefully.

 

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The Dangers Of Vehicle Repossession Part XII http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/dangers-vehicle-repossession-part-xii/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/dangers-vehicle-repossession-part-xii/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 22:44:15 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2799 In case you haven’t noticed, vehicle recovery (more often called ‘repo’) can be a dangerous and adrenaline-filled business. There’s just something about repossessing someone’s personal property that seems to get their blood a-boilin’. Today’s towing news is another installement in that long running series on the dangers of vehicle repo-ing. It comes to us from […]

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In case you haven’t noticed, vehicle recovery (more often called ‘repo’) can be a dangerous and adrenaline-filled business. There’s just something about repossessing someone’s personal property that seems to get their blood a-boilin’. Today’s towing news is another installement in that long running series on the dangers of vehicle repo-ing. It comes to us from Statesville, NC, originally reported by the Statesville Record & Landmark.

Car being towed away after breakdownThe news concerns a police officer who had also previously run for City Council in the town of Statesville and a tow truck driver who was trying to repo a vehicle.

J.D. Williams ended up with charges of assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment when the incident occurred earlier this month. The tow truck driver, Shane Wright, was attempting to repossess a 2010 Kia Rio from Williams, but Williams would have none of it.

In fact, as the charges demonstrate, he wasn’t just putting himself in the way or verbally abusing Wright, he was actually aiming a gun at him in order to stop the vehicle recovery attempt.

When officers arrived and found Wright in his tow truck and Williams standing guard with his pistol, they ordered Officer Williams (not on duty) to put his weapon down.

It turns out that Williams is actually what is known as a reserve deputy, currently undergoing the training process. A reserve deputy is a support position that is not paid. Williams had also run twice before for City Council, but had been unsuccessful.

This underscores the difficulty and dangers inherent in vehicle recovery or ‘repo’. This type of incident is not uncommon and demonstrates what those engaging in vehicle reposession can expect with some regularity.

For his part, Williams still contests the charges, saying that Wright never identified himself as a ‘repo man’ and so he was just defending his personal property. He believes that because of this fact, he will be vindicated in court. Only time will tell.

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Toronto Mayor Writes Character Reference To Help Reinstate Convicted Tow Truck Operator http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/toronto-mayor-writes-character-reference-help-reinstate-convicted-tow-truck-operator/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/toronto-mayor-writes-character-reference-help-reinstate-convicted-tow-truck-operator/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 01:01:18 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2795 File this one under curious. It seems that the Mayor of Toronto, Ontario (the Canadian capital to our north) has come under fire for writing a personal ‘character reference’ letter in an effort to help reinstate a tow operator who lost his license for violating multiple towing laws in addition to getting speeding ticket which […]

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File this one under curious. It seems that the Mayor of Toronto, Ontario (the Canadian capital to our north) has come under fire for writing a personal ‘character reference’ letter in an effort to help reinstate a tow operator who lost his license for violating multiple towing laws in addition to getting speeding ticket which was escalated to a ‘stunt driving’ charge because he was traveling nearly double the speed limit (going 115 k/hr in a 60 k/hr zone).

1158482_26652572For us mile per hour oriented folks, that is the equivalent of going over 70 mph in a 35 mph area. But, the speeding ticket isn’t the only violation that tow truck operator Douglas Sedgewick faced before losing his license and thus his ability to operate a tow service. He was also charged twice with having an expired tow truck driver’s license. But, that’s not the craziest part of this towing news or the fact that Mayor Rob Ford decided to write a personal letter in support of Sedgewick’s reinstatement.

The craziest part of this news and the subsequent letter of recommendation from the Mayor of a major city is not the towing laws that Mr. Sedgewick violated, but the fact that some 30 years ago he violated a much more serious law. Namely, committing a murder during a home invasion.

That’s right, it looks like Toronto’s Mayor has written a ‘character reference’ for a man who has himself admitted to committing a murder. Sedgewick spent nearly 12 years in prison for the offense and was eligible for parole in 1993. He says that he has paid his debt, but it is still curious that a Mayor would go so far as to write a letter on the City of Toronto letterhead to help reinstate this man.

Perhaps more context for this towing news can be provided by the fact that Ford apparently knew Sedgewick personally. Sedgewick told the Toronto Star that he knew Ford because he had towed him a couple of times and his girlfriend was friends with the Mayor.

That makes it a bit more understanding that the Mayor would want to help him, but it still seems like a pretty idiotic PR move from his standpoint, something that Mayor Ford likely realized shortly after writing the letter. For his part, Mr. Sedgewick also apparently regrets writing the letter, saying that in the end it did him “more harm than good.”

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Are State And Local Authorities Focusing Too Much On Minor Infractions? http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/state-local-authorities-focusing-much-minor-infractions/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/state-local-authorities-focusing-much-minor-infractions/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:57:25 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2791 These days, it has become somewhat fashionable to rag on the government. It’s very common to hear complaints that they aren’t doing their job well and to question the resources that lawmakers (and law enforcement) put into certain areas, as opposed to others. But, is there some truth to many of these criticisms? It turns […]

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These days, it has become somewhat fashionable to rag on the government. It’s very common to hear complaints that they aren’t doing their job well and to question the resources that lawmakers (and law enforcement) put into certain areas, as opposed to others.

1231735_15008125But, is there some truth to many of these criticisms? It turns out that there very well may be. And some are asserting that, especially with a loss of revenue in many areas, law enforcement is focusing on over-enforcing and overcharging those who commit minor crimes, rather than expend the extra resources going after the ‘big fish’ who have committed major crimes.

A case in point was delivered by Eric Dexheimer of Austin’s Statesmen newspaper. Dexheimer pointed out some of the obscene practices of regulators and law enforcement in Texas, including cracking down on illegal towing.

No, as Dexheimer found, they weren’t cracking down on the types of illegal towing that we at We Check often rail against. Police didn’t charge any towing services for engaging in an illegal tow or for operating without the proper license or insurance in place. Rather, Dexheimer states that towing services in Texas were being nitpicked for a whole host of minor infractions.

The illegal towing crime that he cites in a recent article was charged to the owner of one of Austin’s local towing services: Fred’s Towing Service. Freddie Altamirano found himself charged a fine of $2,000 because the signage on one of his tow trucks which advertised the boom’s towing capacity was deemed too faded to be accurately read.

The state argued that this was a serious crime because someone not familiar with the limits of the truck, could attempt to tow a vehicle that the tow truck wasn’t rated for any thus cause serious damage. Is this a legitimate concern? Was the punishment in line with the offense? One might wonder if a simple ‘fix-it ticket’ might have sufficed (ordering the issue resolved or else a fine be issued).

What do you think about law enforcement and their impact on towing and illegal towing? Do the laws seem to be applied fairly and enforcement evenly across the board? Sound off in our forums and say your part.

 

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Tow Truck Driver Extracts Vigilante Justice From Robber http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/tow-truck-driver-extracts-vigilante-justice-robber/ http://www.wecheckinc.com/2013/10/tow-truck-driver-extracts-vigilante-justice-robber/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 23:02:18 +0000 Ian http://www.wecheckinc.com/?p=2788 As a tow truck driver, you see all kinds of crazy things in your daily work. But, not every tow truck driver gets the chance to become a policeman for a day. Just the other day in northern Pennsylvania, however, tow truck driver for a local tow service got just that opportunity. Tow operator Bob […]

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As a tow truck driver, you see all kinds of crazy things in your daily work. But, not every tow truck driver gets the chance to become a policeman for a day. Just the other day in northern Pennsylvania, however, tow truck driver for a local tow service got just that opportunity.

black police cuffsTow operator Bob Kadluboski has been working this job for decades and just the other day he ended up in a situation where he was forced to take action in order to stop a criminal act. Kadluboski ended up stopping a robber at gunpoint, after tracking him down to his hiding spot.

It turns out that Kadluboski knew of the man who was publicized as a robbery suspect and where he lived. After hearing about the report, he was able to track the suspect, Peter Naperkowski, to his home and brandished a pistol in order to convince him to give himself up before calling the cops to make the arrest.

Naperkowski was wanted for a number of different crimes, including trying to steal a $500 vacuum from a department store where he barely escaped after losing his shoes running to the escape vehicle.

He was also allegedly involved in drugs and other criminal activities for which he was wanted by the local police. Being familiar with Naperkowski as a fellow member of a relatively close-knit Polish community, Kadluboski was able to track him down and bring him to justice more easily (and with less bureaucratic red tape) than the police would have been able to.

We Check certainly doesn’t condone this kind of behavior for tow truck drivers because of the danger that it can put an individual in, but you have to admire this kind of grit at some level at least. However, undertaking this kind of vigilante justice is obviously a dangerous and reckless thing to engage in.

Mr. Kadluboski has since returned to his day job fighting broken down cars and given up his crime fighting life. At least for now. But, as they say: with great tow service comes great responsibility.

 

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