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WVPA Sharing: WV Courtesy Patrol celebrating 15 years of helping motorists

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Motorists traveling through West Virginia this holiday season should watch for “white” on the highways.

While snow is falling across the Mountain State this Thanksgivings, it’s the white trucks of the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol (WVCP) that will offer travelers assistance. For the last 15 holidays, motorists in need of help have been able to count on the WVCP.
The WVCP has recorded 15 years of providing roadside assistance and service to citizens and tourists across the Mountain State. Established Nov. 21, 1998, the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol (WVCP) has logged more than 68 million miles, assisted nearly 280,000 motorists and received 2.8 million phone calls.
“The courtesy patrol has reached a milestone that all of West Virginia can be proud of,” said Jennifer Douglas, courtesy patrol executive director. “The program has helped and assisted thousands of West Virginians and out of state motorists in many ways and remains the only program of its kind in the country. This program is an example of public-private partnerships and bi-partisanship at its best. The Department of Transportation, Division of Tourism, and Health and Human Resources have all been instrumental in the growth and success of the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol for 15 years and counting.”
The friendly fleet of roving white trucks is designed to enhance safety, render aid to disabled motorists, address roadway incidents or accidents while also providing vital Homeland Security and Amber Alert assistance and support,” a WVCP official said.
The courtesy patrol operates 16 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year from 3 p.m. until  7 a.m.  The toll free number to reach the Communications Center is 1-888-359-3683. For more information on safety tips and the program, go to wvccc.com or courtesypatrolwv.com.
With snow in the forecast, WVCP officials urge motorists to use caution and safety while traveling during the busy holiday season and to be aware and alert of the weather and road conditions.

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