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Towing Secures Seat on Traffic Safety Council

Recently, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the formation of the Ohio Traffic Safety Council. The council was created to coordinate and monitor all statewide traffic safety initiatives, analyze trends, and advise the Governor on creating safer roads through education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency response. Shortly after the council was announced, the OTRLC quickly contacted the Director of the Department of Public Safety to request a seat on the council for the Ohio Towing and Recovery Industry. The OTRLC is pleased to announce that Ohio towers were awarded a seat on the council and we selected Ron Myers of Pine Tree Towing & Recovery, and current OTRLC Board member, as our representative. Ron brings a wealth of experience to this posi-

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tion, including being an active instructor for the OTIM and National TIM 4-Hour programs, serving to Train the Trainer for the Dayton Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Washington County Post. He also trained ODOT personnel in Chillicothe, Marietta, and Athens, including personnel from law enforcement, fire departments, EMS, ODOT, and towing companies. Ron has attended advanced TIM training in Nashville, TN at the TN Highway Patrol Headquarters and in Boston, MA at the federal training center, and the FEMA Federal Highway Safety Symposium at the National Emergency Training Center. He was one of only seven towers that attended the 3-day event at the Federal Highway Safety Symposium. In addition, Ron has made presentations at multiple Tri-State TIM Conferences, representing the towing industry. He also worked

with TRAA on the National TIM Committee, and developed personal relationships with SHRP-2 National TIM program administrators. He currently sits on the OTIM Steering committee, the state’s traffic incident management program with multiple disciplines including ODOT, law enforcement, Fire, EMA, and towing and recovery services. These disciplines will also participate on the Ohio Traffic Safety Council. Source: OTRLC

Truckers Send Letter to President-Elect Biden

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s president and CEO, Todd Spencer, sent a letter with a list of regulatory priorities to President-elect Joe Biden. The agency’s primary mission is to reduce crashes involving large trucks. It also points out issues that mean the most to small-business truck-

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American Towman Magazine - January 2021  

American Towman Magazine - January 2021