NJDOT makes changes to roadside assistance program

(AP) - New Jersey is making changes to a programthat assists motorists who break down on the highway.The renamed Safety Service Patrol will provide assistance

TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey is making changes to a programthat assists motorists who break down on the highway.

The renamed Safety Service Patrol will provide assistance on 225miles of New Jersey's busiest highways, including I-80, I-78,I-287, I-195 and I-295.

Transportation Commissioner James Simpson announced the changeson Tuesday.

He said SSP service will be provided 16 hours a day on weekdaysand 10 hours per day on weekends.

It's a realigned version of the Emergency Service Patrol that'sbeen operating since 1994. It provided service on 400 miles ofhighways. Simpson said coverage is being pulled back fromrelatively low-traffic areas.

The state's toll roads - the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden StateParkway and Atlantic City Expressway - have their own services.

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