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CAA Makes Donation to Tow Truck Survivor Fund

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July 2, 2012

OTTAWA – For the fifth consecutive year, CAA is proud to make a financial contribution to the Survivor Fund of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Survivor Fund provides families of tow truck operators killed while assisting motorists with a financial gift at the time of their loss. Although people tend to view the occupation as not overly hazardous, the risks that are associated with the towing profession can be considerable. Industry estimates suggest that as many as 100 tow truck operators are killed while on the job annually in North America.

“Not many Canadians realize how dangerous it is to be a tow truck operator,” Mager said. “Imagine doing your job while having vehicles a few feet away pass you at 100 km/h – this is a daily reality for tow truck operators.”

With this year’s donation of $2,250, CAA has donated a total of $11,250 to the fund, and plans to continue the tradition in years to come. The Hall of Fame manages the Survivor Fund and also maintains a Wall of the Fallen, unveiled in 2006, which records the names of tow operators killed around the world.

CAA Clubs continue to work with provincial authorities to encourage the implementation of effective Slow Down Move Over laws to protect all emergency workers at the roadside, an acknowledgement that prevention is the ideal solution. CAA also promotes the Survivor Fund and the need for a safe working space for tow operators through an annual piece in Tow Canada magazine.

More information on the fund can be found at: www.thesurvivorfund.com

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further information, or to book an interview, please contact:

Alayne Crawford
Manager of Public Affairs
613-247-0117 x. 2006

acrawford@national.caa.ca