PEORIA COUNTY - Some businesses are really benefitting from the snow. All Star Towing is one of them.
Snow, sleet, rain and ice - all elements that can make your daily commute a difficult drive. Just ask All Star Towing driver John Draggist. He said, "There were about 16 cars down in the ditches from Bartonville out to 474 to the Allen Road exit."
Draggist is pulling people out of ditches each time a winter storm blows through central Illinois. He said, "It's not uncommon for us to get ten calls within the next two minutes."
He said he wishes people would learn a lesson, but unfortunately, that's not always the case. He said, "I have towed or wedged out a car out a ditch four times for the same reason. There's more crazy drivers out there than people realize."
Even though the lights on his tow truck aren't flashing red and blue, they still mean the same thing for drivers and that is to slow down and move over.
Draggist said safety is a big concern for him. He said tow truck drivers can be a lot like first responders. He wants drivers to pump the brakes, especially as the roads get slick. "If they slow down a little bit you know, leave a half hour earlier, they will get there safe and sound. The car will be safe and sound. They wouldn't have to call us."
On the flip side, this winter weather is keeping All Star Towing very busy. Draggist said that's a good problem to have. He said, "It's almost like a little kid playing with a snowball or in a snowfield, you know, we love it out here."
Draggist said the most unsafe spots are always on and off ramps and overpasses. He said those patches of the road are the first to ice and are always a concern.