WV wrecker services charge for drug paraphernalia found after a tow

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In the wake of the crash at Ritter Park, during which police say the drivers were high on heroin,  towing companies are coming together to check on the success of a relatively new rate that customers must pay, should needles or other drug paraphernalia being found in their vehicles.

Last July, the public services commission approved a rate for wrecker services to charge of any biohazard material was found in a vehicle- that includes needles, blood, glass pipes, and other items.

The fee is $250. Here in the Kanawha Valley, we spoke with one wrecker service who’s owner was instrumental in getting that rate approved.

Chris Reed, of Charleston Auto Towing and Recovery said he’s using those funds to make sure his employees are as safe as possible.

 “We’re using the proceeds to pay for the guys’ vaccinations at the Health Department.  We’ll pay to get their vaccinations for them,” Reed said. 

Reed is also the president of the WV Towing Association.  He said, as the world changes, they’ve had to change the way they do business, too. 

That rate is a flat fee, Reed says they’re able to collect it several times a month.

The Towing Association is meeting next month to discuss how the rate is working for the wrecker services. 

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