‘Good neighbor’ company now linked to NC motorist program

'Good neighbor' company now linked to NC motorist program (Image 1)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s initiative to help stranded roadside motorists for free now has a “good neighbor” supporting it.

The state Department of Transportation announced Monday a four-year sponsorship agreement with insurance giant State Farm with its Incident Management Assistance Patrol program.

The agreement renames the program the NCDOT State Farm Safety Patrol. Patrol trucks will still be operated by state workers, but State Farm will be emblazoned on the vehicles and employee uniforms. Motorists are helped regardless of their insurance carrier. The trucks cover key highway routes during peak travel times in the Piedmont and west to Asheville.

DOT didn’t disclose the sponsorship’s monetary value. Legislators last year directed DOT to examine how sponsorships could offset some department expenses.

State Farm sponsors patrols in at least a dozen other states.

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