Bill to Eliminate Courtesy Patrol Advances to Full House

CHARLESTON–┬áLegislation that would eliminate a state-funded roadside assistance program has been forwarded to the full House of Delegates.

The House Finance Committee voted Wednesday to move $3.4 million that pays a nonprofit group to operate the Courtesy Patrol back into a Division of Highways road fund. The original bill would have put the funding into the state’s general revenue fund.

The state’s annual contract through the DOH for the Courtesy Patrol is with Beckley-based Citizens Conservations Corps of West Virginia. The contract ends in May.

The Courtesy Patrol has 72 drivers and 36 pickup trucks and operates 16 hours each day, mostly in the evening and overnight hours. It helps stranded motorists and removes hazards such as dead deer from roadways.

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