HARRISBURG PA – Drivers on U.S. Route 422 were among more than 11,000 people who received assistance this year, through the end of September, from State Farm Safety Patrols serving major highways in Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported Wednesday (Dec. 2, 2015).
State Farm pays about 11 percent, or roughly $440,000, of the $4 million annual cost of the service that provides free motorist assistance on select expressways in the Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh regions, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said.
“These patrols offer a valuable service for drivers in need, while also helping to reduce congestion and potential safety hazards,” according to Richards. “Our partnership with State Farm allows us to continue this service while reducing costs,” she added.
In the Philadelphia region, State Farm-branded PennDOT tow trucks and other vehicles can be found roving 422, as well as Interstates 76, 476 and 676; U.S. Routes 1, 30, and 202; and state Routes 63 and 309.
The safety patrols assist with towing, jump starts, flat tire repair, and other needs on all or portions of heavily traveled roads during the business week. In 2014, the patrols assisted a total 22,281 motorists across the state; so far this year, they’ve helped a total of more than 16,600.
Drivers aided by the patrols can shout out their satisfaction, and their personal stories about the experience, on social media outlets using the hashtag “#AssistPatrol.” They’re also asked to complete a survey, here.
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