AASHTO Journal

Wisconsin Renames Highway Assistance Patrols to Reflect Sponsorship by State Farm

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said auto insurer State Farm has sponsored its roving highway vehicle service that provides free roadway assistance to motorists in need.

capitol0816.jpgThe department said June 26 the newly named Wisconsin DOT State Farm Safety Patrol was deploying across the state, with operating hours varying by region.

"When there's a crash or a motorist is having vehicle trouble on the highway, it can create problems for everyone," said WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. "As driver safety is core to the WisDOT mission, we're excited about the potential to effectively manage incidents and keep traffic flowing with as few interruptions as possible."

The specially equipped vehicles patrol high-volume roadways and major work zones, offering limited roadside assistance.

Their services include providing small amounts of fuel, changing flat tires and jump-starting vehicles, as well removing debris from the roadway. They can also help relieve congested traffic at the scenes of accidents, and if necessary relocate disabled vehicles from the highway's travel lanes or shoulders to pre-designated sites away from traffic.

State Farm also sponsors such services in 17 other states.

WisDOT said Wisconsin began using freeway service teams "nearly two decades ago in an effort to enhance incident management, aid law enforcement and keep traffic moving safely."

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