Depending on the federal prison to realize your dream is parasitic
Parasitic? Sounds more like smart business to me. You go to where the population is...
Realize, with the federal prison being there, there will be more people traveling to and from the area, which means more cars, which means more of them will break down and need a tow... (and this dosen't include the federal contract for towing of the government vehicles, which will also break down....)
Parasitic? Please, that makes me sound like a predator, another character trait which I rather steer clear from...
As for the Impound lot (I am not sure what was meant by the comment, but I'll clarify myself). Understand, there are times when the police department will want the vehicle seized for some reason. Unlike NJ where they have well over 2 dozen good reasons, I personally can only think of 5 that are truly legitimate.
But in either case, wether it be a theft recovered vehicle, a wrecked vehicle in which the occupants went to the hospital, a narcotics arrest (I'm talking like 10 K Coke in the trunk, not a dime bag), Illegally Parked, or perhaps Driving While Under the Influence (D.W.I., D.U.I.), in all cases, both the police and the owners of the vehicle would prefer it to be in a fenced in, protected lot, so as to prevent the average joe schmoe from being able to walk down the street and steal your $1,000 car stereo for instance.
Look, I am not a prick, but in the same token, I am going into the business to make money. (Money by the way, which can continue to support causes such as the FSP for instance) Not all tow truck companies are crooked, where they gouge the hell out of you financially with 20 different hidden charges, rape your car for anything and everything of value, and go forth at night "preditory towing" of parking lots in an attempt to make a quick buck.
I also don't care for reposession work either. (I'll elaborate on why another time)
But for the 5 reasons listed above, I'll hit them off one by one, and support my reasoning.
1.) Theft Recovery. Ok, your vehicle was just stolen 48 hours ago. Lets say you live in Rochester. Now, Berlin PD somehow comes across this vehicle (regardless if it was abandoned or during a routine traffic stop). The ignition is blown out, perhaps the lock cylinder for the passenger door as well, or worse yet a window was smashed. Granted, most of your valuables are probably gone (usually money, radio, ipod, etc.) but some other items which are personally important to YOU are still in the vehicle (could be a Car Seat, perhaps some clothes, college books, who knows.) Point here is this vehicle should be secured in a fenced in lot to protect it from other vandals and opportunists from searching through your car once again for anything else they deem has value. Plus, in cases where the integrity of the cabin area has been compromised, the inside of the vehicle needs to be protected from the outside elements. All it takes is an inch of rain getting into your car, and you'll NEVER get the moldy smell out of it...
2.) Wreck. Just because NH dosen't require insurance, other states do, and there is a possibility that someone from NH has collision on their insurance as well. Insurance Companies like having wrecked vehicles in secured lots for various reasons (too numerous to list). But thats not my only reason. Lets just suppose for our argument that the driver of the vehicle who wrecked his car, went on the bus (ambulance) to go to the hospital for his injuries. Now, there are no other people related to this vehicle there. What am I supposed to do? Tell the cop sorry, since I don't know where the owner of the car wants it towed, I need to leave it in the intersection? Come on, lets be realistic. Also, in cases where the driver was a fatality, (sorry to be morbid, but it does happen) most times the surviving family members are already deeply burdened with sorrow making funeral arrangements and the sorts. The LAST THING they want to look at is the wreckage sitting in their driveway every morning.
3.) Narcotics Arrest. Fact is the police departments all across the nation do make arrests and seize vehicles for trafficking Narcotics. I'll be the first to stand up for those who want to legalize pot. On the other hand though, for the neighborhood pusher who is letting Heroin and Cocaine loose on the streets, usually cut with rat poison and other shit, and then allowing it to be pushed on elementary school kids, yeah, call me a prick, but I have a problem with that. I am not sure if NH seizes these vehicles as evidence in their cases, but in NJ they do. Either which way, if your a drug dealer trying to push that crap on my kid, I have no regrets towing your car when you get busted for trafficking.
4.) Illegally Parked. I'm not one to go hang out with meter maids waiting for the timer to hit 0, on the other hand though, if someone deliberately parks in front of your driveway, preventing you from access/egress from your property, you do have the right to have it removed. In most cases just the sight of the tow truck in front of the car (along with a police cruiser) usually alarms the owner enough to move it (thus allowing me an exit from having to tow it) but there are some circumstances that the vehicle owner is out of sight/out of mind and the vehicle needs to be removed. Another thing that may be a problem up that way (I know its a BIG PROBLEM in NJ) is non handicapped people parking in spaces designated for Handicapped Parking only. My mother was HC. She eventually stopped shopping because no matter where she went, she couldn't get a parking spot close to the stores. I would take her myself, drop her off at the door, then park in a normal spot. (and do the reverse when we left.) Look, if your that inconsiderate of other people that you selfishly park in such a designated spot, knowing you NOT Handicapped, your car should be towed, and the police departments usually have no problems with writing the tickets either.
5.) And finally, we will touch on Drunk Driving. I know this one personally because while I was impounding another vehicle once on the side of the highway (unregistered, uninsured, unlicensed) I was struck by a drunk driver in another vehicle. (Not that the flashing lights of both the police car and the tow truck weren't enough of a warning, the fact that I was wearing an ANSI Class 3 vest was of no help either apparently) and I was struck by the vehicles passenger side fender and mirror. Luckily, I wasn't killed, but my back still reminds me every morning of the incident. (This incident resulted in a police chase going through 3 towns before the driver pulled over, who claimed she never saw any of us, nor realized that she hit someone. The fact that she lost her passenger side mirror wasn't a clue either...)
Look, I am all for people going out and having a good time if they wish. Just be responsible about it. Theres no need to be a hero and try and impress your ego and your friends after a hard night of drinking by attempting to drive home. Call a sober friend, call a cab, your parents, a tow truck, whatever, just don't drive. In the past 10 years I have seen way to many innocent people dead as a result of a drunk driver who happened to live.
Again, I am not sure how DWI is handled in NH, but here in NJ they impound the vehicle under NJS 39:4-50 with a MANDATORY 12 Hour hold known as "Johns Law". (this was after an incident where a drunk driver was arrested, released 2 hours later, retrieved his vehicle from the impound, and then killed someone because he was still inebriated...) I have no problems with the idea of towing the vehicle and the driver home if the police are cool with it.
We used to have T.O.W.E.D. in NJ (Towing Operators Working to Eliminate Drunk driving) which was a well intentioned program where if you were too drunk to drive, but didn't feel comfortable leaving your vehicle in the parking lot of a bar, could arrange to have it towed (and yourself too) for a bit of a discounted rate back to your house. Unfortunately however, this program wasn't really allowed to grow to maturity and it fell by the wayside. (I'm guessing here that Greed overtook Charity in this sense in NJ, how sad) but it would really be something which I would deffinately like to see implemented, even if I was the only company in NH offering the service.
I apologize if I seem a bit touchy about my profession, but I do take it very seriously, and it really burns my ass when I see the unprofessional stereotypical tow truck driver make horrible impressions on people through their various methods. I do believe in getting paid for what you do, but I don't believe in playing number games in an effort to squeeze every single penny out of someone either. Towing cars is an honest way to make a buck, unfortunately, like in all other industries, there are many who like to take advantage of those in need.