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January 17, 2023

New Alert System Warns Drivers When Niagara Tow Trucks Are Working on Roadsides

Story originally published by 101.1 More FM

A new alert system has been created to help keep local tow truck drivers safe. 

Drivers in Niagara can now get real-time alerts on their phones, warning them when CAA Niagara tow trucks are working on the side of the road. 

The Safety Cloud service, developed by HAAS Alert, is activated when workers turn on the vehicle's safety lights. 

The alerts give drivers up to 30 seconds of advance warning, in order to prevent collisions.

Alerts can be received on GPS navigation apps including Waze and Apple Maps. 

It will also be made available in 2018 and newer models of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Alfa Romeo vehicles. 

HAAS Alert is also working to expand the alerts to other services. 

CAA Niagara says it's currently in the process of installing the technology in its first fleet of vehicles, and all vehicles are expected to have it by the end of winter. 

"We are thrilled to use this innovative technology in our vehicles," said Kevin Puckett, VP of Automotive Services, CAA Niagara. "Our roadside responders have a challenging job and HAAS Alert not only helps protect them while they work, but also improves driver compliance with the Move Over law and increases awareness for all drivers on the road. We are committed to promoting road safety for everyone and believe that Safety Cloud will make a significant impact in achieving that goal."

In Canada, the Move Over law requires drivers to slow down and move over one lane when approaching emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, on the side of the road. 

CAA Niagara says all of its roadside assistance workers have experienced a close call, due to drivers reacting slowly or failing to move over. 


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