GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Road Rangers have responded to about 3,000 incidents since November in Alachua County and average about 400 incidents a month. They provide free assistance when there's a problem on the road whether it's a stalled car that needs gas, a flat tire that needs changing, or even debris on the road. Their goal is to make the interstate safer.
The Florida Department of Transportation Road Ranger program started in 2000 in Jacksonville, but last year was expanded to include assistance for I-75 and I-10. They patrol roads looking for hazards that could bring problems to drivers in a moment's notice.
In the past 7 months, they've helped clear 230 car wrecks and 2,400 disabled vehicles from I-75 in Alachua County. Although most days are quiet, road rangers tell us "5 minutes from now, it could be chaos".
Whether the incident is big or small, when an emergency vehicle's lights go on, drivers need to get into the other lane or slow their speed down to 20 mph under the speed limit. "It can make the difference between whether we make it home safe or not"