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Predatory Tow Truck Driver Crackdown

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This article is in today's New York Times. It talks about California cracking down on predatory tow truck drivers, but some of the stories are familiar to Houston drivers, as well.


July 31, 2005

Tow Trucks Prowl, and Authorities Crack Down


LOS ANGELES, July 30 - There is probably no more infuriating sight for drivers than their car attached to a tow truck. But some motorists, prosecutors and lawmakers think some towers are going a little too far.

In one case here, a church's pickup was towed from its own parking lot; in another, a 4-year-old boy was towed away in his mother's car after she went inside her apartment for a few minutes to drop off groceries and a younger child.

And a man who ran alongside a tow truck, pleading to get his vehicle back after it was towed from a fire lane, died when he slipped and was run over by the truck and then his own Chevrolet Suburban.

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