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Winter 2013

Weathering the Storm

How Safety Service Patrols Prepare for and Respond to Natural Disasters

By Sarah Stanley

In New Jersey the northern winters frequently bring strong winds and blizzards, but the proximity of its communities to the coastline also opens the state to the impact of large hurricanes as evidenced this past October when Superstorm Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. In comparison, states like Florida, North Carolina and Louisiana are less likely to be hit by a massive snowstorm and more likely to be the target of a destructive hurricane or tropical storm… Read More

Troopers Talk

State Law Enforcement Agencies on Safety Service Patrols’ “Invaluable Assistance” During Natural Disasters

By Sarah Stanley

On the road and in the face of a natural disaster, there are few more critical partnerships for Safety Service Patrols (SSP) than the partnership they have with the local law enforcement. From state to state, SSPs are receiving high marks on their response efforts during natural disasters from one of their biggest advocates: state troopers. In Florida, “the Road Rangers are often the first responders to the scene,” says Sergeant Kim Montes, Public Affairs Officer for the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troop D in Orlando… Read More

Headlights On… Lynn R. Self

Program Manager for the Tarrant County Courtesy Patrol, Lynn R. Self shares his experience collaborating with other Safety Service Patrols as well as the advantages of leading a patrol from within the Sheriff’s Department… Read More

News & Notes

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

Driver Question of the Quarter

Do you have a system set in place to reward Safety Service Patrol drivers for their work? For example, do you give “Outstanding Service” awards to Safety Service Patrol drivers who go above and beyond? For what reasons do you give out awards? And what do you give? How do you determine which driver will be rewarded and how often do you reward them? … Read Responses

Editor’s Note

After reading news stories and viewing unforgettable images of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in New York, New Jersey and along the east coast this past fall, we at Safe Highway Matters began to focus on those stories covering the recovery efforts. Countless stories focused on the long hours worked by firefighters and police officers and other first responders, but we wanted to know exactly how Safety Service Patrols were responding… Read More

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