Opinion

Courtesy Patrol a state program that works

An editorial from the Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The state’s Courtesy Patrol is now 15 years old, and it continues to assist motorists who have flat tires or medical problems or are in need of directions. It is a small program, perhaps, but one that has proved its worth.

The Charleston Gazette recently reported that in the time since the patrol was revived by former Gov. Cecil Underwood, it has helped 280,000 motorists, logged 68 million miles along eight interstates and five corridors and remains on call every day of the year.

The patrol has helped motorists with mechanical problems and provided free gasoline. Its members have even performed CPR.

In addition, the patrol has removed debris and dead animals — including 160 bears — from the state’s roadways.

The Courtesy Patrol is operated by the West Virginia Citizens’ Conservation Corps with funding from the state Division of Highways.

The Courtesy Patrol is a work-to-welfare initiative, helping welfare recipients in their search for full-time work.

Citizens’ Conservation Corps Director Jennifer Douglas told the Gazette that the Courtesy Patrol is the only program of its kind in the country…

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