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Summer 2010

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The “Green” Effect

Safety Service Patrols Offer Tangible Environmental Benefits

By Tara Baukus Mello

Safety Service Patrols’ top benefit is motorist safety. A less often discussed, but extremely significant additional benefit of these patrols is their proven “green” effect of reducing pollution. By helping disabled motorists get off the road, traffic congestion decreases, so fewer cars sit idling and therefore fewer pollutants fill the air. “Service Patrols are one of many efforts that can help reduce emissions and improve local air quality and livability in general,” said Doug Hecox, spokesperson for the FHWA Office of Transportation.

While no data exists at the federal level about the environmental benefits of Safety Service Patrols, numerous regional studies have been conducted showing substantial reductions in greenhouse gases… Read More

CMAQ Funding Supports Clean Air and Safety Service Patrols

With over 40% of SSP funding coming from the state, some states have used the connection between SSPs and clean air to expand the programs’ funding sources. Maryland, Arizona and California are examples of states that have incorporated the FHWA’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program to support SSPs… Read More

Headlights On… Wanda Williams

The only female Road Ranger currently patrolling in Florida state speaks to Safe Highway Matters about her experiences on the road, including motorists’ reactions to seeing a female Road Ranger, her most significant assist and the skills she thinks all Safety Service Patrol drivers should possess… Read More

News & Notes

A look at developments from Safety Service Patrols from state to state… Learn More

Driver Question of the Quarter

What ‘s your best practice for staying safe while on the job?… Read and Add Responses

Editor’s Note

In these summer months, Safety Service Patrols have to be extra aware of the safety of motorists as well as themselves. We, at Safe Highway Matters, would like to acknowledge and thank the additional efforts put forth by the Safety Service Patrol Operators and professionals… Read More

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