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As cold hits, KYTC Safe Patrol ramps up hours

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Safe Patrol officer Samuel Cromity pulls over to assists a stranded motorist. Safe Patrol officer Samuel Cromity pulls over to assists a stranded motorist.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – If your car breaks down from overheating or you get a flat tire on the freeway, The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says there's no need to worry.

Safe Patrol or Safety Assistance for Freeway Emergencies is designed to help drivers who are experiencing car trouble.

During the bitter cold winter months, the last place someone wants to be is stranded on the side of the road.

Safe Patrol Officer Samuel Cromity pulls his vehicle over on I-65 to help a woman whose car has broken down from overheating. Cromity says it's one of the biggest problems he sees when it gets cold.

“We'll come out and assist them, see what kind of problem they're having, let them know what needs to be done to correct the situation,” Cromity said.

Drivers can call 511 or The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for free assistance. Services are offered from six in the morning to 11 at night. Due to freezing temperatures, KYTC is now trying to get its trucks out an hour earlier and stay out until one in the morning.

“We provide fuel, change flat tires, remove debris from the roadway, and assist motorists in case they need cell phone use,” said Cromity.

Each safe patrol officer covers a lot of ground. Cromity typically hits five different counties and drives 200 to 250 miles in one shift.

He scans Kentucky's interstates and freeways looking for people who need assistance with common car troubles like a flat tire or running out of gas. His truck carries water, oil, fuel, tools, a first aid kit, as well as other supplies.

Safe Patrol also partners with TRIMARC which covers the city of Louisville. Cromity says he will sometimes take calls in city limits because Safe Patrol has longer hours than the TRIMARC service.

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