The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) provides Safety Service Patrols (SSP) in four regions (Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Tuscaloosa) of the state currently with planned expansion to Huntsville in 2021. The SSP is branded as the Alabama Service and Assistance Patrol (ASAP).
The mission of the ASAP program is to help facilitate the safe and efficient movement of people and goods by utilizing effective incident management strategies.
. ASAP focuses its’ efforts on five (5) distinct services: 1) Traffic Incident Management; 2) Motorist Assistance; 3) Road Maintenance; 4) Emergency Operations; and 5) Work Zone Management. ASAP operators are the ALDOT’s emergency responders, working hand-in-hand with law enforcement, fire and rescue, towing and recovery, emergency medical services, and others to improve sustainability of the transportation network.
ASAP patrols interstates primarily on prescribed routes daily. They are coordinated by their respective Regional Traffic Management Center (RTMC) to ensure timely response, notify motorists through the AlgoTraffic system, restore mobility, and prevent secondary events.