Utilize well-equipped safety service patrols to assist highway motorists after vehicle malfunctions or crashes, and to coordinate a safe and efficient response.
Testimonials of the benefits of safety service patrols from staff of several state DOTs, travelers, and others.
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- Safety service patrols keep affected motorists safe after incidents, minimize the disruption of incidents to other traffic and prevent secondary incidents, and maximize traffic flow. They also coordinate the necessary response.
- Safety service patrols are a cost-effective component of a traffic management system, providing tremendous savings with a relatively low investment.
- Safety service patrols help stranded motorists and earn taxpayer satisfaction, garnering letters and telephone calls of praise for the state DOT.
- Outfitting these patrols with ITS tools such as automatic vehicle location devices, global positioning system receivers, cell phones, lighted arrow boards, and mobile variable message signs allows them to reach trouble spots more quickly and then manage traffic better and coordinate the response more effectively.
Author: ITS JPO
Published By: ITS JPO
Source Date: 1/1/1999
EDL Number: 6872
Other Reference Number: FHWA-JPO-99-005URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/BROCHURE/6872.pdf
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Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Mobilization & Response > Automatic Vehicle Location / Computer-Aided Dispatch
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Emergency Management > Response & Recovery > Response Management
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Mobilization & Response > Service Patrols
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Information Dissemination > Dynamic Message Signs
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Clearance & Recovery > Temporary Traffic Control
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Major Initiatives > Integrated Corridor Management Systems
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