Every year, tow truck operators are injured or killed by passing vehicles.
In 2015, CAA advocated for the government to include tow trucks in the Slow Down, Move Over legislation in Ontario. This means that when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck with flashing amber lights stopped on the side of the road, drivers must slow down and, where it is safe to do so, change lanes.
To raise awareness, CAA National and all clubs across the federation recognizes the second Tuesday of May as National Slow Down, Move Over Day. This day acts as a reminder for drivers to slow down and move over for first responders and stopped tow trucks with flashing amber lights.
This year, CAA Club Group has launched a new campaign called, Protect the Protectors. The goal of this campaign is to remind drivers that while tow truck operators are working to protect people stranded at the side of the road, we need to do our part and protect them by slowing down and moving over.
Learn more: https://www.caasco.com/advocacy/road-safety/slow-down-move-over
Michael Stewart Community Relations Specialist
Michael oversees CAA South Central Ontario's cycling and pedestrian safety outreach efforts.