GAINESVILLE, FLA. – Almost a year after its launch, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Road Ranger service – which offers support and assistance to traveling motorists – averages more than 400 responses a month on Interstate 75 in Alachua County.
In the past seven months alone, Road Rangers units have responded to more than 3,000 incidents in Alachua County. This includes providing assistance to approximately 230 crashes and responding to nearly 2,400 disabled vehicles.
Road Rangers provide a free support service on major Florida arterial roadways to reduce delay and improve safety for motorists. Road Rangers provide services to motorists by quickly clearing travel lanes of minor incidents and assisting motorists, which includes providing a limited amount of fuel, assisting with tire changes, and other types of minor emergency repairs.
“We are proud of our Road Ranger units and the services they offer throughout District 2,” said Greg Evans, secretary of FDOT District 2, which covers Northeast Florida. “Since beginning service on Interstate 75 last year, Road Rangers have become a vital part of the response effort to incidents on our roadways and provide an integral service to travelers.”
While the service has existed in Jacksonville since 2000, the program launched on both Interstate 75 and Interstate 10 last year.
Motorists can request Road Ranger service by dialing *347 (FHP). Road Ranger service is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.