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NC expands motorist help from Charlotte to Raleigh


RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Drivers on the interstates between North
Carolina's two largest cities can now worry a little less about
flat tires, stalled vehicles and other traffic headaches.

The state Department of Transportation has expanded the coverage
area of its Incident Management Assistance Patrol to include all of
the interstates between the South Carolina state line and the
capital city.

The familiar yellow trucks will now patrol parts of Interstate
85 in Davidson, Randolph and Rowan counties that used to be a gap
in their coverage between the cities.

The agency says it also aims to start weekend patrols by
September. The trucks are currently on the road for 16 hours a day
Monday through Friday.

The truck drivers help stranded motorists, direct traffic and
provide other assistance to reduce gridlock.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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