DPS agents provide assistance for stranded drivers

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by Jayson Chesler

Video report by Fields Moseley

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:16 PM

PHOENIX -- While wrong-way accidents are getting all the attention right now, they're just one of many varieties of incidents that members of the Department of Public Safety's Freeway Safety Patrol deal with every day.

3TV's Fields Moseley spent a day riding along with Carlos Cabrera Jr., who works for DPS patrolling Arizona's highways and aiding motorists.

"We stop with a lot of motorists that are broke down on the side [of the road] and we also get dispatched to motorists that are broke down or need help," Cabrera said.

Cabrera and his colleagues drive around the state's freeways looking for stranded motorists and responding to calls for help.

In the time 3TV spent shadowing Cabrera, he spotted a pickup truck with a trailer attached that was pulled over in an exit's gore area. Cabrera pulled over and made sure the driver, who had suffered a blowout and was waiting for someone to come aid him, had everything he needed.

The driver said that while he didn't need Cabrera's aid, it was reassuring that people were patrolling for stranded motorists. He also said that it's nice to know DPS is there to help drivers and not just to give them tickets.

The services DPS can provide include help changing tires, tools to make minor repairs and even water for when a driver might be stuck in the heat. If all else fails, patrol agents like Carlos can call for a tow truck.

The work of freeway patrol has greatly cut down on the amount of time police officers have to spend responding to stranded motorists, according to the DPS website.

For more information on the Freeway Service program, visit their web page.

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