Drivers in Bloomington and Peoria, Illinois can now receive real-time digital alerts when tow trucks and vehicles are active nearby through a new service equipped on Joe’s Towing and Recovery trucks. Safety Cloud by HAAS Alert protects towers and roadway fleets and improves driver compliance with Move Over laws by sending real-time notifications to drivers approaching active towers en-route or on-scene. The service reduces the risk of drivers colliding with responders and workers in the field and improves awareness for all drivers by adding a digital component to lights and sirens.
Drivers can receive the alerts through the Waze navigation app, available on mobile devices and in the dashboard of many newer-model vehicles. HAAS Alert is working to expand the alerts to other services and vehicles so that all drivers can receive these critical road safety alerts.
Even though Illinois’ Move Over laws require drivers to slow down and move one lane over when approaching active emergency vehicles, many drivers still react slowly or fail to move over. Safety Cloud alerts give drivers up to 30 seconds of advance warning to help solve this problem.
“We are so excited to be adding another level of safety for our towers in order to make sure they are able to do their jobs as safely as possible,” said Bruce Pedigo, owner of Joe’s Towing and Recovery. “This service connects and protects our crews in the field and the drivers around them by giving motorists extra time to see us, slow down, and move over safely. Waze is a free-to-use app, so we encourage drivers to get advanced warning of our presence when we’re actively responding.”
For more information on HAAS Alert, visit www.haasalert.com.