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For immediate release:  

Tuesday, January 26, 2010  


Des Moines, IOWA --- The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of the Iowa State Patrol advises Iowans with a vehicle that needs to be towed or removed from the roadway to first check the www.511ia.org website or call 511 to make sure there are no towing restrictions in the area your vehicle is located.  If there is not a towing restriction then the vehicle owner must call a towing company of their choice to be placed on the list for removal.

We ask that people NOT call into the Iowa State Patrol state communications centers, HELP or 9-1-1 to ask about getting their cars removed or towed.  Our communications personnel continue to be inundated with weather-related accidents and requests for assistance for true emergencies.  HELP and 9-1-1 should be reserved for these issues. 

Again, we ask the public to use www.511ia.org or dial 5-1-1 to find out if towing services are allowed or prohibited in the area where their vehicles is located.


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