Safety Service Patrol


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The Virginia Department of Transportation Safety Service Patrol (SSP) program began in the late 1960s, initially with district maintenance personnel providing assistance to disabled motorists in Northern Virginia during rush hours.

Over the last 50 years, the Safety Service Patrol has transformed into its own distinct program. 

Today, the program has expanded its patrol areas and has enhanced its duties. 

The primary purpose of the program is to minimize traffic congestion at, or near, incident scenes. Such scenes include traffic collisions, debris and disabled vehicles. 

One of the duties of the Safety Service Patroller is to provide short-term traffic control and scene management. This promotes the safe movement of people and commerce, and reduces congestion and delays.

SSP units primarily patrol interstate highways and controlled-access primary routes.

The program is committed to providing professional, well-trained and courteous Patrollers to the citizens of commonwealth and its visitors.


map showing Safety Service Patrol areasClick map at right to see patrol areas.

To ensure safety, SSP patrollers wear special highly visible, reflective uniforms and drive specially marked vehicles.

Services include

  • Representing VDOT in on-scene activities until relieved
  • Providing Incident management – detection, verification, temporary traffic control, disabled vehicle relocation and detours
  • Providing standard first aid until emergency medical services arrive on scene
  • Pushing  / pulling  vehicle sdisabled in travel lanes with vehicle operator permission or by law enforcement direction
  • Removing debris

Motorist assist services include:

  • Tire change assistance
  • Fuel to get to nearest gas station
  • Jump starts
  • Water for overheating radiators
  • Phone access to call local tow/recovery services
  • Directions

Note: Patrol routes and schedules are subject to change.


Page last modified: Feb. 2, 2015