• News
  • SAN DIEGO
  • Government

Stranded motorists aid increases

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.

Leave Your Comment

Comments are moderated by SDDT, in accordance with the SDDT Comment Policy, and may not appear on this commentary until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted.

SDDT Comment Policy: SDDT encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. All comments should be relevant to the topic and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. You are solely responsible for your own comments, the consequences of posting those comments, and the consequences of any reliance by you on the comments of others. By submitting your comment, you hereby give SDDT the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying and other information you provide via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. SDDT Privacy Statement.

User Response
0 UserComments

Leave Your Comment

Comments are moderated by SDDT, in accordance with the SDDT Comment Policy, and may not appear on this commentary until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted.

SDDT Comment Policy: SDDT encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. All comments should be relevant to the topic and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. You are solely responsible for your own comments, the consequences of posting those comments, and the consequences of any reliance by you on the comments of others. By submitting your comment, you hereby give SDDT the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying and other information you provide via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. SDDT Privacy Statement.

San Diego Association of Governments

Company Website

401 B St., Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101

San Diego Association of Governments Executive(s):

Gary Gallegos

  • Executive Director

Tom Brown