State Farm to pay nearly $1.5 million over next three years to sponsor DOT roadside assistance program

State Farm to pay nearly $1.5 million over next three years to sponsor DOT roadside assistance program

Record-Journal


HARTFORD — The Connecticut Highways Assistance Motorist Patrol will continue thanks to a new agreement with State Farm Insurance.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker announced Friday that State Farm will sponsor the program, which assists vehicles along highways and Interstates, by paying for the state’s share for the next three years.

The program will also be renamed the CTDOT State Farm Safety Patrol, and the insurance firm’s logo will be attached to road signs and Department of Transportation trucks associated with it.

“It takes a lot of partners to keep our drivers safe and our roads safe,” Redeker said.

Under the agreement, State Farm will pay $495,000 annually, covering the state’s match to receive a $4.5 million federal grant.

The DOT announced last July that it would be seeking a corporate sponsor to support the program, after earlier saying the program would end because of budget constraints.

Friday’s announcement comes as Malloy and legislative leaders are negotiating how to balance a budget facing a roughly $5 billion deficit over the next two fiscal years. It also follows a recommendation from Malloy’s Transportation Finance Panel in January 2016 that Connecticut follow other states that have bolstered infrastructure revenues with sponsorships.

“I think entrepreneurship should be celebrated, and we’re always looking for opportunities to bring in non-tax revenue,” Malloy said.

The program’s 28 employees will remain state workers, patrolling Interstates 84, 91, 95, 291, and 395, as well as Route 2, Route 7, Route 8 and the Merritt Parkway portion of Route 15.

State Farm, also sponsors Safety Patrols in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

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