Kentucky Safe Patrol watches for stuck drivers

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - It can be terrifying if you are out on the road and you have car trouble. That feeling is even worse when it's below freezing outside, but that's where the state's Safe Patrol comes in.

Operator Gene Moody is one of the watchful set of eyes that travels along Kentucky's interstates and parkways. His daily route takes him along I-64, between Winchester and the West Virginia state line looking for stranded drivers.

On Tuesday morning, he found a man stranded because the cold caused his engine to overheat.

"His radiator froze on his car while he was driving, apparently his antifreeze wasn't mixed strong enough and it froze up on him driving down the road," said Moody.

Assistance from Safe Patrol doesn't cost the driver anything. However, if a wrecker is required, the driver will be responsible for payment.

Moody checks on any car that's pulled over on the shoulder. His vehicle carries gasoline, oil, and an air compressor. It can also jump dead batteries. He's always ready to handle an emergency and advises drivers to do the same.

"Just do whatever you can to prepare for that possibility that you might break down," explained Moody.

Safe Patrol operates seven days a week from 6 a.m to 10 p.m. Call 877-FOR-KYTC for help or to report a hazard.

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