The San Diego Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), a publicly funded program that helps stranded motorists during weekday rush hours, has also begun to operate during weekends, according to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), a public transportation agency.
FSP drivers assist stranded motorists with a gallon of gas, a jump start, water for the radiator, or a tire change, using a fleet of 19 tow trucks and eight light-duty pickup trucks, SANDAG announced Thursday.
"The Freeway Service Patrol is an effective tool to improve traffic flow on our region's most congested freeways," SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said. "This past year alone, the program helped more than 50,000 stranded motorists get back on the road or move their disabled vehicles out of the way."
FSP's weekend motorist assistance began in October in North County, in which FSP drivers have helped approximately one motorist per hour on average on the Interstate 15, according to SANDAG.
Motorist service expanded to metro San Diego this month, and weekend FSP service is available on interstates 5, 8, 15, and 805 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FSP is planning to provide better towing coverage starting this summer with six new tow trucks added to the fleet, SANDAG announced.
The San Diego FSP is part of a state-wide program that began in 1993, and its expanded weekend services will continue as long as funds are available, according to SANDAG.
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