|For Immediate Release
December 4, 2013
Public Information Office
|New Roadside "Safety Patrol" Being Introduced on New Hampshire's Central Turnpike in Time For Holiday Travel
Safety Patrols Help Keep Traffic Moving And Save Lines
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announces an extension of its public-private partnership between the NHDOT"s Bureau of Turnpikes and State Farm® for sponsorship of the expanded motorist Safety Patrol. Thanks in part to this sponsorship; motorists stranded on the Central Turnpike from Nashua to Concord will soon find help from the Safety Patrol.
The expansion of the motorist safety patrol on the New Hampshire Turnpike System was approved today by the Governor and Executive Council.
Beginning December 5, a new Safety Patrol vehicle will cover the F.E. Everett Turnpike from Nashua to the Bedford - I 293/ NH101 interchange in Bedford, north to the I-293/I93 interchange in Hooksett, and continuing on I-93 to Exit 14 in Concord. The new patrol will operate Monday through Friday during early morning and afternoon commuting hours, looking for stranded motorists and other traffic incidents. The goal of the patrol is to reduce the potential for significant traffic tie-ups by clearing minor incidents, removing debris, and assisting motorists in need of minor repairs such as flat tires, charging a battery or vehicle overheating, as quickly as possible.
As part of the sponsorship program, the Safety Patrol vehicle will include the State Farm logo as well as enhanced, highly-reflective safety markings to make the vehicle and driver more visible to motorists, especially at night. The sponsorship will also include the addition of highway signs indicating patrol covered routes.
The Safety Patrol will operate during early morning and late afternoon hours Monday through Thursday, 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM, on Friday from 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM and on Sundays 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Some extra coverage may be added for holidays and special events.
Studies show even minor incidents on the shoulder of a busy highway can have a significant impact on lane capacity, vehicle speeds and driver safety because drivers tend to shy away from fixed or still objects near the travel way. Vehicles stranded on a congested highway due to a flat tire or being out of fuel have the potential to cause secondary incidents which are typically more serious in nature. The Safety Patrol helps reduce the potentially significant impacts by lending assistance to stranded motorists in order to quickly get off the roadway or shoulder.
The Safety Patrol communicates with the NHDOT's Traffic Management Center (TMC) in Concord, which has direct contact with State Police and other emergency responders. Those in need of minor roadside assistance can also call the TMC at 271-6TMC (271-6862).
The Safety Patrol already covers 30 miles of Interstate 95 in New Hampshire, assisting motorists Monday-Friday from 5:30 AM to 8:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM. State Farm signed on as the official program sponsor in 2012 and supports similar programs in nine other states.
"From distracted drivers to aggressive drivers, State Farm knows there are many risks facing motorists, especially during the high-traffic holiday period," said State Farm Vice President-Agency Matthew S. Hodson. "State Farm is pleased to help expand the Safety Patrol coverage area. The program demonstrates our good neighbor commitment to helping people manage the risks of everyday life and recover from the unexpected."
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