ODOT to launch new State Farm® Safety Patrol fleet
Cross-state caravan concludes in Cincinnati before dispersing across the state to help drivers
Columbus, OH (October 30, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation and State Farm unveiled a new fleet of safety patrol trucks today as part of their sponsorship agreement. The updated fleet, which will officially roll into service in Ohio’s six largest cities on Nov.1, sports a new look utilizing trucks instead of vans for the popular roadside assistance program.
This morning, the fleet launched a cross-state caravan out of Cleveland, travelling through Columbus and finally Cincinnati before dispersing to its service areas.
As part of its commitment to auto safety, State Farm donated one dollar for every vehicle mile driven by the 22-truck fleet that day to Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) The donation of $10,000 was presented to S.A.D.D. Development Officer Rick Birt at the caravan’s 11 a.m. press event in Columbus.
State Farm sponsors similar safety patrol programs in eleven other states. The newest Ohio Safety Patrol program is one of the largest, covering areas of Akron, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo.
The sponsorship agreement helps ODOT reduce delays and improve safety for the motoring public without requiring additional tax dollars, while highlighting the State Farm commitment to auto safety. State Farm has committed to sponsor the program for at least four years.
“Highway safety is always one of our top priorities,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Thanks to State Farm’s sponsorship, we can serve motorists in need and redirect funds we would normally spend on that service to other transportation projects that Ohio wants and needs.”
Assistance is free to all motorists in service areas and is available Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. State Farm Safety Patrol trucks are often the first to arrive at a traffic incident and also provide an array of services to stranded motorists that include changing flat tires, providing jump starts, adding coolant and fuel. ODOT’s Safety Patrol provides direct assistance to more than 30,000 drivers each year and responds to nearly 100,000 incidents over all.
"Our support of Ohio’s State Farm Safety Patrol Program embodies our ‘good neighbor’ philosophy,” said Jennifer Kline, Area Vice President for State Farm. “It also underscores the continued commitment State Farm has to auto safety, while helping people recover from the unexpected, which is the heart of the State Farm mission.”
About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve almost 84 million policies and accounts – approximately 82 million auto, home, life, health and commercial policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.