Maryland Expanding Roadside Assistance Programs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland has partnered with the State Farm Insurance Agency to expand its roadside assistance programs.

Under the three-year agreement, the insurance company will spend $1.3 million to add two more vehicles to the state’s emergency patrol program. It will also allow the program to add overnight hours.

The agreement was announced this week by state Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley.

According to the latest figures available from the State Highway Administration, emergency patrols handled 55,000 incidents and vehicle responses in 2009.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • baltimore resident

    wow a big deal I have seen the trucks on 695 and 95 and 83 they fly up the road in the fast lane, tell me if they are jetting up the road on the left how are they supposed to help a motorist broke down on the right shoulder?? I have been one of the unfortunate who did happen to break down on 95 and one of these trucks and 2 troopers zoomed right on by, never stopped or came back, even had flares out and was trying to flag down, thankfully a Harford Co sheriff stopped and assisted me with getting a tow, so I can see this is only a way to increase taxes and make it seem like a worthwhile project, its not.

  • enjoy the weather

    70 degrees out to day go out enjoy

  • derrickman

    Watch your premiums get jacked up big time to pay for the cone heads.

    • SMH

      I wonder the same thing. I do not have State Farm as my insurance carrier and the company I do use, offers roadside assistance as part of my premium already. Also, the car I bought came with a Roadside assistance program as well. So, with that being said, How many roadside assistant plans am I paying for through my insurance and through my taxes and if or when I breakdown, how long am I going to have to sit on the side of the highway and wait before I get help?

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