CAA Saskatchewan recognizes and observes today as Slow Down Move Over day. This is an annual event held by CAA clubs across Canada as Christine Niemczyk, Director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for CAA Saskatchewan explains.
"It's an annual event that we hold nationally with all CAA clubs in Canada. It is a national day of safety and observance and recognition of first responders working on our highways. This includes tow truck operators, police officers, paramedics, fire department crews, construction workers, and highway patrol staff."
Niemczyk says that due to the pandemic they have altered their messaging and campaign elements to now have a more social media component including messaging and video elements.
"The videos are really personal testimonials from our first responders out there reminding us that they are out there on Saskatchewan highways helping people who are relying on those responders to help them."
Videos include testimonials from RCMP Traffic Division, Roadside Responders Association, and the Paramedics Association to name a few of those involved.
It is the law to slow down to 60km per hour on Saskatchewan highways when passing working first responders and construction crews.
Niemczyk adds that CAA would like to remind motorists that every day should be a slow down move over day and they will be running this social media campaign throughout the month of May.
According to Niemczyk it is our responsibility as motorists to respect those first responders, understand the important work they do, slow down and move over and help them to get home safely to their loved ones at the end of their shift.
CAA videos can be viewed here.