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Safety Service Patrol expanding to Richmond area

Tuesday - 2/14/2012, 1:33pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's Safety Service Patrol is coming to the Richmond metropolitan area.

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that the patrols will begin monitoring sections of Interstates 95, 64 and 295 in the region on March 5.

The Virginia Department of Transportation could expand the public safety program to other areas of the commonwealth in the spring.

The Safety Service Patrol monitors highways for incidents, removes debris and other hazards from roadways, assists the Virginia State Police and local emergency responders, and helps stranded motorists.

McDonnell says the Richmond Safety Service Patrol will cost $2 million annually. A 2007 study of the Hampton Roads program found that it generated savings nearly 5 times the cost of the service.

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