$1.2 million given to CNY for free roadside emergency services

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - As a part of the $5.5 million coming to Central New York for transportation projects, $1.2 million was set aside to establish HELP— the Highway Emergency Local Patrol truck service.

HELP trucks are meant to enhance traffic safety and help keep traffic moving by providing free roadside emergency services to motorist and disables vehicles.

They will provide a variety of services, including changing tires, jump starting car batteries, providing coolant or fixing a radiator hose.

They will also provide up to two gallons of gasoline and will assist with other minor repairs to help stranded drivers get back on the road.

Drivers are trained and certified in first aid and CPR.

The proposed service would operate during the weekday morning and afternoon rush hours on I-81, I-481, I-690 and State Route 695.

The goal is to have service by the end of the year.

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