CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol is marking 15 years of helping motorists on more than 800 miles of state roadways.
The welfare-to-work initiative helps stranded motorists who need gasoline, a new tire or other roadside assistance. Its members are on call 24/7, every day of the year.
Officials say they've done everything from changing tires and providing free gasoline to offering the use of their cell phone and giving directions to lost tourists. They also remove debris and dead animals from roadways.
The Charleston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/19kCun4) that the program has logged about 68 million miles and has helped more than 280,000 motorists since it began 15 years ago.
Members of the program also have answered about 2 million phone calls and removed about 17,000 items of debris.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com