A tow truck and service truck began roaming local freeways during rush hours this week, signaling the launch of the Santa Barbara Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), which aims to expedite traffic flow by quickly clearing stalled cars and removing obstructions. Breakdowns, accidents, and debris account for half of all freeway congestion, according to California Highway Patrol officials and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments – the two groups collaborating on the FSP program. Assemblymember Pedro Nava helped secure state grant funding for the $264,000-per-year program. The trucks, contracted by Bob Holzer Towing, will be on duty weekday mornings from 6:30-9:30 between the Ventura County line and Milpas Street, and evenings from 4:30-7:30 between Patterson Avenue and Padaro Lane.

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