If you’ve ever had your car break down on a busy freeway, you likely remember the fear you felt. But for much of the past two decades, help has come in the form of the Freeway Service Patrol. The Freeway Service Patrol is a roving road repair service designed to help stranded motorists and get them on their way quickly, increasing safety and reducing traffic backups. The program was launched in 2000 as a joint effort by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The motorist assistance program prevents loss of life and property. It also helps eliminate secondary crashes and reduces the impact crashes have on traffic flow. For more information, such as hours of operation and how often people are helped by the program, click here .