South Montgomery County has its own Motorist Assistance Program:
The function of the taxpayer-funded program, which costs about $130,000 per year in salaries and fuel, is to reduce auto accidents caused by rubbernecking drivers distracted by motorists stranded along roadways in South Montgomery County.
The program also is an alternative to compulsory towing programs, like the hotly-debated Safe Clear program started in January along Houston freeways.
“We try to do whatever we can to get you down the road. And if we can’t accomplish that, we’ve got a cell phone so you can call someone,” Gilchrist said.
The motorist assistance program came about as a partnership between the Precinct 3 Constable’s Office, Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office and Buckalew Chevrolet in Conroe, which provides the vehicles at no cost to the county.
“(An auto) dealer agreed to help with a program to keep our roadways and our highways open and free of obstructions and stranded motorists,” Holifield said.
Two constable’s deputies — one who works the day shift from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one who patrols from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. — monitor Interstate 45, Texas 242 and local roadways.
“I’d like to see it expanded countywide. They work Interstate 45 from Spring Creek north to the San Jacinto River, although they’ll go further if they get an emergency call, and (Texas) 242, Rayford/Sawdust Road, and some on the more major streets that carry 40,000 cars, like Woodlands Parkway,” [Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner Ed] Chance said.