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Displayed truck in Moody speaks louder than words

By Gary Lloyd

MOODY – As a journalist, I spent hours typing up safety tips from law enforcement agencies leading up to the Fourth of July, Halloween, and New Year’s Eve.

I typed words about additional patrolmen out on the roadways, watching for drunk drivers. I published tips on driving safely, using ATMs, protecting children and homes, setting off fireworks, shooting firearms, attending parties, and hosting parties.

I wrote about towing companies’ programs for helping intoxicated citizens get home safely.

Law enforcement stopped at no end to provide safety tips. And those tips were all great and I hope continue to be for those celebrating the New Year. But now that I’m out of the daily grind of news coverage, I see it less.

But not in Moody.

The truck (photo by Gary Lloyd)

Recently, I saw a mangled Ford Ranger pickup truck in front of Just-In-Time Towing on Highway 411. It sat prominently near the roadway, closed in by yellow police tape. Signs adorned the heap of a truck. I pulled off the road Thursday to take a closer look.

You may remember Just-In-Time Towing’s efforts during Hurricane Michael.

“Think Before You Drink” and “Don’t Drink & Drive!” were the signs leaned against the Ford’s twisted metal. A bigger sign held together by two wooden posts near the truck’s bed advises those drinking in Moody and Leeds on New Year’s Eve to call the towing company at 205-230-8184 for free tows home.

I must have typed thousands of words on holiday safety over the years. One picture is worth more than that.

The truck (photo by Gary Lloyd)

Gary Lloyd is the author of five books: "Trussville, Alabama: A Brief History," "Deep Green," "Heart of the Plate," "Valley Road: Uplifting Stories from Down South," and "Ray of Hope." He has been a reporter and editor at newspapers and magazines in Mississippi and Alabama. He grew up in Trussville, Alabama, and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School in 2006. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Alabama in 2009. He lives in Moody, Alabama, with his wife, Jessica, and their two dogs, Abby and Sonny.

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