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Message from the Chair of the Board

Slow Down, Move Over

From road trips to roadside assistance, be mindful behind the wheel

Board of Directors - Pat Friesen

2020 was a challenging year, as was the first half of 2021. COVID-19 has affected how we live, work and travel. Like all of you, I look forward to a vaccinated world. Until then, we must do our best to stay safe.

At the outset of the pandemic, staff at our 12 CAA Stores and CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot—along with our tow truck operators across the province—followed the safety guidelines outlined by the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Our business lines remain open at CAA Stores or online via caask.ca to serve our valued Members and clients with their insurance, travel, automotive and membership needs.

Travel has been particularly affected. When the time is right to venture out again, CAA is here for you. Our experienced travel consultants can help with planning, accommodations and flights.

Planning a road trip this summer? Trust CAA to assist with flat tires, fuel delivery, battery boosts and more. Our tow operators are on call 365 days 24/7 to keep members safe at the roadside.

CAA established May 11, 2021, as Slow Down Move Over Day. Designated to reinforce the safety of tow truck operators, the event is supported by SGI, the Roadside Responders Association of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Highways, Paramedic Services Chiefs of Saskatchewan, the RCMP and Saskatchewan Association of Chiefs of Police.

More than 7,500 tow truck operators are employed by or contracted to provincial CAA clubs. Each driver receives ongoing training, along with equipment like reflective pylons, high-visibility clothing and flashing lights for increased visibility of their vehicles.

Even then, some motorists don’t heed the warnings. Tragically, a tow operator near Esterhazy was struck and killed in 2017 while working in a blizzard. In 2019, an Ontario tow truck driver was killed while working on a local highway. And this past January, a tow operator working out of Battleford had a very close call with a semi.

Please slow down and move over. Slow to 60 km/h for tow truck operators and other emergency personnel working on Saskatchewan highways. To learn more, visit caask.ca/safety.

Take care. Stay safe.

 

Pat Friesen
Chair, CAA Saskatchewan
Board of Directors