Knightdale drivers in for shorter tow

aspecht@newsobserver.comMay 13, 2013 

— Starting in July, drivers who break down or have an accident in Knightdale will no longer drive more than 5 miles out of town to retrieve their towed vehicles.

The Public Safety Committee at its meeting on May 6 instituted a new policy which requires wrecker services to have a tow yard within five miles of Knightdale in order to respond to towing requests through the town.

Previously, wrecker services could be located within a 15-mile-radius to qualify for Knightdale's emergency response list, which police typically use in the event of a traffic accident.

The policy change was prompted by residents who complained that they shouldn’t have to travel outside of town to retrieve their vehicle if they live and were towed from Knightdale, said Jeff Eddins, a town council member and chairman of the Public Safety Committee.

The Public Safety Committee is still determining whether the 5-mile requirement will be measured geographically or in highway miles. So it’s unclear how many wrecker businesses will be affected.

“We'll evaluate the impact that both of those lines have on our wrecker services and determine what's best,” said Jason Godwin, Knightdale police chief.

Drivers will still be allowed to contact a wrecker of their choosing for towing service. But the number of towers available through the town will likely shrink.

According to preliminary estimates by Knightdale staff, five Raleigh-based wrecker services – Barbours Towing and Recovery, Bobby's Towing and Recovery, East Coast Towing, Price's Paint and Body Shop, and Raleigh Towing and Recovery – are outside the 5-mile radius. All but Bobby's Towing and Recovery remain eligible to tow heavy-duty vehicles through the town.

Robert Tyree, of Bobby's Towing, said Knightdale doesn't make up too much his business. So he's not terribly disappointed: “These things happen,” Tyree said.

Wrecker services remaining on Knightdale's call list include: Debnam's Paint and Body, B&B Wrecker Service, Tow-Riffic Towing, Wall's Towing, and Alan's Towing in Raleigh.

Specht: 919-829-4826

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