Ottawa, Ontario — July 24, 2013 — For the sixth year in a row, CAA is proud to make a financial contribution to the Survivor Fund of the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum.
“As Canada’s largest provider of roadside assistance, CAA understands the risks faced every day by tow truck operators,” said Mike Mager, President of CAA Manitoba. “We are pleased to do our part to help the families of those who have lost a loved one.”
The Survivor Fund was established to benefit the families of individuals who lose their lives while aiding the motoring public. Although the public tends 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 or more tow truck operators are killed annually while on the job 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 zip by you only a few feet away at 100 km/h – this is a daily reality for tow truck operators.”
CAA Clubs continue to work with provincial authorities to promote the need for “Slow Down Move Over” legislation to protect all roadside assistant workers.
With this year’s donation of $2,250, CAA has donated a total of $13,500 to the fund and plans to continue the commitment in years to come.
More information on the fund can be found at thesurvivorfund.com.