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Alabama Service and Assistance Patrol coming to Chilton County

From the Alabama Department of Transportation

TUSCALOOSA – The Alabama Department of Transportation aims to increase motorist safety and improve traffic flow by expanding the Alabama Service and Assistance Patrol (ASAP) program to Chilton County starting April 1.

ASAP is a free service that arrives on scene to assist with crashes, disabled vehicles, or any other obstruction that hinders the flow of traffic on Interstate 65 between Exit 200 and Exit 219. The service also provides on-scene incident management and relays that information to our Regional Traffic Management Center.

ASAP will begin service April 1 until April 9 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. However, it will transition to a more permanent schedule starting April 12 during weekdays between 6 a.m. until 10 p.m.

ASAP drivers look for issues on the road, but if needed, motorists can reach ASAP during operating hours by calling 205-348-5198.

Services include changing a flat tire, jump-starting a battery, providing water for an overheated vehicle and giving a limited amount of gas. ASAP is not a vehicle towing service, but can help motorists get to a safe place.

ASAP drivers complete a National Traffic Incident Management Responder Program and other training and certification programs in preparation for their work. They also work with law enforcement and other emergency responders for greater efficiency and effectiveness.

ASAP drivers use a white pick-up truck with green ASAP logos placed along the sides and emergency lights on top. The ASAP truck is outfitted with traffic cones, push bumpers, a mobile weather station and other special equipment.

ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation network across Alabama. For further information, visit www.dot.state.al.us.