Kelly Hannon 540-374-3344
LaTina W. Bundy 540-899-4560
Dec. 2, 2011
SAFETY SERVICE PATROL EXPANDS CIRCULATION ON I-95 IN STAFFORD AND SPOTSYLVANIA
Mobile units provide rapid traffic control on interstates during emergencies
FREDERICKSBURG — When an emergency develops on Interstate 95 in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will rapidly deploy its Safety Service Patrol to the scene to assist emergency responders and manage congestion.
VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol enhanced its circulation on I-95 in Spotsylvania and Stafford counties starting in November to provide daily service, and longer hours of service. The Safety Service Patrol also operates on interstates in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.
Safety Service Patrol members continuously drive I-95 in marked VDOT utility trucks, detecting incidents and responding to requests for assistance from the Virginia State Police and local emergency response agencies. Patrols also remove roadway hazards, such as debris.
Due to their position on the interstate, the Safety Service Patrol arrives at an incident scene quickly and can set up traffic control that clears a path for emergency responders.
Their primary mission is to clear travel lanes and restore the flow of vehicles as rapidly as possible for all travelers, while also supporting law enforcement agencies and emergency responders.
This Safety Service Patrol is an extension of VDOT’s 24-hour Traffic Operations Center (TOC) in Fairfax, which monitors travel conditions on area roadways. The TOC shares real-time travel information with motorists on work zones, incidents and crashes on www.511Virginia.org.
Motorists in distress on I-95 in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties can also receive assistance from the Safety Service Patrol in the event of a crash or breakdown.
Patrol members provide these non-emergency services to motorists when they are not engaged in emergency response. The Safety Service Patrol can assist with:
- Jump Starting Vehicles
- One Gallon of Gasoline
- Water for Overheating Radiators
- Tire Changes
- Access to a Telephone for Tow Services
- Directions and a State Map
- Limited First Aid until Emergency Services Arrive
Providing these services to motorists removes disabled vehicles from interstate travel lanes, limiting congestion.
“This service is a tremendous benefit for everyone in the Fredericksburg region that travels Interstate 95,” said Quintin D. Elliott, VDOT Fredericksburg District Administrator. “VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol limits the obstacles that can prevent the free flow of traffic. Its work will help area residents and travelers arrive at their destination sooner, and safely.”
VDOT’s Safety Service Patrol will operate seven days a week on I-95 between Prince William and Caroline counties.
Service hours will initially be 2 a.m. to 10 p.m. As staffing levels increase, patrol coverage will extend to 24 hours a day on I-95 in Stafford and Spotsylvania.
The Safety Service Patrol will begin circulating along I-95 in Caroline in February 2012.
Motorists will recognize the Safety Service Patrol by the VDOT agency logo on their utility trucks, which are equipped with safety lighting. Safety Service Patrol members also dress in highly visible reflective uniforms.
If motorists are faced with a life-threatening emergency while traveling on Virginia roadways, call 911 immediately.
Motorists should report stranded vehicles, vehicle crashes and obstructions in the roadway to Virginia State Police at #77 from a mobile phone.
Call the 24-hour VDOT Customer Service Center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report unsafe roadway conditions, such as debris, potholes or downed traffic signals.
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