Matthieu Widner was on routine patrol when he came upon what he “thought was a disabled vehicle.” When he approached the vehicle he noticed the male driver, leaning into the back seat and trying to grab his child.
For decades, the Florida Department of Transportation provided a lifeline to stranded motorists along Florida’s Turnpike and the Interstate System via a comprehensive system of Motorist Aid Call Boxes.
On April 16, a Silver Alert was issued for Gary Belleisle out of North Fort Myers. Districts One, Four, Five, Six, Seven, and the Turnpike immediately activated their dynamic messaging systems and highway advisory radio.
Governor Rick Scott announced the advancement of the Gateway Express project, a direct connection from I-275 to US 19 and I-275 to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport and the Bayside Bridge via an elevated tolled expressway.
“We are a group of friends from Italy and I’m writing on behalf of all to express our infinite gratitude to the Road Ranger who assisted us on I-75 Port Charlotte on the 14th of August, 2013.”
DOT Road Rangers help out not only everyday citizens and visitors, but also DOT family members!
Road Ranger John Cancelli came upon a disabled vehicle on the Howard Frankland Bridge. When he found the driver hunched over the steering wheel, John immediately radioed for EMS.
Road Rangers reduce commute times, lane blockages, mechanical breakdowns, overall fuel consumption, and costly secondary crashes.