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West Virginia Courtesy Patrol celebrates anniversary

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BECKLEY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol (WVCP) program, operated by the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia, is celebrating its sixteenth year of providing roadside assistance and services to citizens and tourists across the mountain state. The tourism-friendly fleet of roving white trucks is designed to provide employment, training, and educational opportunities while also enhancing safety, rendering aid and assistance to disabled motorists, and addressing road related incidents or accidents.

The program was created by former Governor Cecil H. Underwood on November 21, 1998. The WVCP has impacted the state of West Virginia in a multitude of ways. It benefits the traveling public who use our interstate highways and corridors for tourism, as well as local, and interstate commerce. Since the program's inception, the overall statistics are as follows: 71.6 million miles logged; 2.9 million phone calls received; 291,068 vehicles assisted; 17,611 stops for debris removal; 8,455 deer, 178 bears and 3,988 other dead animals removed; 13,999 routine procedural checks; 77,534 abandoned vehicles checked; and administered first-aid 131 times and CPR 9 times.

“The Courtesy Patrol is something that all West Virginians can be proud of,” says CCCWV's Chief Operating Officer Jennifer Douglas. “The program is the only program of its kind in the country and is recognized nationally for more than just roadside service. Employment, training, and the opportunity to help those who truly need a helping hand. It is the West Virginia way – not only are we creating jobs, but we are also helping and protecting those in need of our assistance. We are promoting and showcasing all that is great about our state. It's a win-win.”

The Courtesy Patrol program first put the state of West Virginia on the map as a result of 1998 federal legislation known as “Welfare-to-Work”. The WVCP was recognized as a national model for its innovative approach to job creation by the United States Department of Labor. The program also helped the state of West Virginia capture over $40 million dollars in high performance bonuses and matching funds due to its job placement, earnings gain rate and retention successes. The program's job creation factor continues to help the state capture federal performance dollars and has assisted more than 2,500 individuals with employment. The Department of Transportation, Division of Tourism, Department of Health and Human Resources and West Virginia State Police each play an essential role in the program's success.

The Courtesy Patrol also plays a vital role in the state's Homeland Security initiatives and AMBER Alert, which is a primary tool used in the search, aid and recovery of an abducted child. Patrol operators are trained in freeway incident management, defensive driving, and additional safety courses. Hours of operation are 16 hours a day (3PM-7AM), 7 days a week. If you are in need of roadside assistance, the Courtesy Patrol can be reached at its Communications Center by dialing 1-888-359-3683, or you can call *SP (*77) or 9-1-1 in an emergency. To learn more, you can visit http://cccwv.com.

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