FREE TOWING SERVICE NIPS DELAYS IN THE BUD : RUBBERNECKERS DON'T GET A CHANCE TO GAWK.Byline: Keith Stone Daily News Staff Writer
With a gas can in one hand and a funnel in the other, Robin Hell trudged back to her car on a shoulder of the Ventura Freeway The Ventura Freeway is a freeway in southern California running from Ventura to Pasadena. It is the principal east-west route through Ventura County and in the southern San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. in Woodland Hills recently.
As evening rush-hour traffic whizzed by just a few feet from the 53-year-old Woodland Hills woman, drivers swiveled their heads to look.
It was a traffic jam in the making.
Fortunately, a Freeway Service Patrol A freeway service patrol, alternatively known as a motorist assistance patrol, roadway service patrol, or a courtesy patrol, is the umbrella term for a variety of programs implemented by government agencies, typically state Highway Patrols or Departments of tow truck arrived to help Hell get under way quickly and safely, before gawking motorists could back up traffic.
``Everybody wants to slow down and look - especially if a woman is broken down or is under the hood under the hood - [hot-rodder talk] 1. The underlying implementation of a product (hardware, software, or idea). Implies that the implementation is not intuitively obvious from the appearance, but the speaker is about to enable the listener to grok it. ,'' said tow truck driver Mike Dizacomo.
Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol highway patrol
A state law enforcement organization whose police officers patrol the public highways. and Metropolitan Transportation Authority began the service in July 1991 with a single goal - to avert rush-hour traffic jams by getting cars back on the road rapidly or towed off the freeway.
Said Hell, ``I didn't know it is available. This is wonderful.''
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CHP Chemical Hygiene Plan (OSHA)
CHP Community Health Plan officers alike single out the service as perhaps the best solution for removing the obstacles that cause congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
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``Those efforts have very profound effect. I am a big fan of the Freeway Service Patrol,'' said Jim Moore, co-director for the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology at the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission .
Caltrans estimates half of all delays are the result of too many cars and trucks on freeways. Accidents, disabled cars and looky-loos account for the rest.
Motorists are distracted by stranded women and CHP cruisers parked with flashing lights far more often than by men standing at a call box, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. CHP officers and traffic engineers.
``All you need is one person to slow down - and it slows down all lanes of traffic,'' said CHP Lt. Dan Bower, a field operations officer who assisted Caltrans in studying the nature of traffic jams.
Accidents and stalled vehicles create even worse problems: For every minute of blockage blockage
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blockage Wax, see there , traffic is delayed four minutes, according to a pioneering Caltrans study conducted in the 1970s.
Every morning and evening during rush hour, Freeway Service drivers help about 1,000 stranded motorists, towing about 26 percent of them and making minor repairs for the rest.
Hell was among the 4 percent who need gas each day. Flat tires account for 22 percent of the stops, while mechanical problems make up the bulk, or 25 percent, of the calls.
Stranded motorists don't pay the tow truck drivers a cent; the service is supported through $24 million a year in sales taxes and state grants.
Dizacomo's next stop was the Calabasas Grade on the Ventura Freeway where Al Goulding's car was belching belching
see eructation. steam. Goulding couldn't believe the service was free at first, and asked a second time.
``Yup,'' said Dizacomo, 31, of Reseda. ``Anything we can do to get you going - for free.''
As it turned out, Goulding's car was beyond quick repairs, so Dizacomo towed it off to a side street. Goulding was thankful just to be off the freeway.
``Sure helped me,'' he said. ``I would've been stuck big time.''
Photo, 2 Charts
Photo: (color) Michael Dizacomo of the Freeway Pa trol Service prepares for a tow.
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Chart: (1--color) PEAK, OFF-PEAK & DAILY AVERAGE HIGHWAY SPEED
(2--color) HOURS OF DELAY AS A PERCENT OF HOURS OF TRAVEL