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Clock Ticking for Stalled Motorists

April 8, 1996
By: Jack Dolan
State Capital Bureau

If the house gets it's way, motorists stalled on Missouri's roads will only have six hours to move their cars before they get towed at the owner's expense. Jack Dolan has the story from Jefferson City

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Supporters of the time limit say they want to eliminate rubber-necking traffic delays during rush hour. Opponents say that six hours is too short in rural areas where traffic isn't such a problem. Rperesentative Doyle Childers from Southern Missouri sees another problem with the idea.

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Contents: Childers says he is worried about small municipalities that might set up a freindly arrangement with towing companies to make money on the deal. He's says there is very little defence for the motorist if the car can be towed in as litte as six hours.

If the state does set a time limit for stalled cars, it will certainly be good news for towers. The bill faces one more vote in the house. From Jefferson City, I'm Jack Dolan.