GDOT launching new statewide roadside assistance program in Southeast District

GDOT launching new statewide roadside assistance program in Southeast District
Published: Apr. 4, 2017 at 9:28 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2017 at 1:10 PM EDT
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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - The Georgia Department of Transportation will be unveiling their new statewide roadside assistance program in the Southeast District on Tuesday.

This new initiative is called CHAMP and is the state's new roadside assistance and maintenance service that will cover most Georgia interstates.

CHAMP is an integral part of GDOT's statewide road safety program. The priorities of CHAMP are for lane blocking incidents, shoulder blocking incidents, roadway maintenance issues, and assisting motorists in need of help for a variety of reasons. Some common issues you will see CHAMP trucks respond to are flat tire incidents, drivers running out of gas, or stall outs.

Across the state, there are 48 full-time CHAMP operators, 18 full-time dispatchers, three managers and three supervisors. CHAMP will patrol interstates in Georgia (except I-59 and I-24) and outside Metro Atlanta, 7 days a week, 16 hours a day and on-call the remaining hours. Each CHAMP operator patrols an average 50-mile section of the interstate during an 8-hour shift, and is on-call for up to 4 hours.

The CHAMP program is separate from the department's Highway Emergency Response Operators Program (HERO) that serves the Metro Atlanta region.

When traveling, drivers should make sure to move over when approaching a CHAMP truck out on the roadway because those with G-DOT are working to help the traveling public and first responders.

For motorist assistance or to report a crash or debris in the road, call 511.

For additional information about CHAMP, click here.

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