If you drive 295 at all you're going to start seeing new safety service patrols beginning today.

An article in the Press Herald reports Maine has hired an outside company for safety service patrols on I-295 between Exit 1 in Scarborough and Exit 22 in Freeport.

The company will be available to help with vehicles that have had minor mechanical failures or crashes. The free services include moving vehicles or debris out of the path of traffic, changing flat tires, cleaning up minor vehicle fluid spills and helping other agencies at the scenes.

Ted Talbot, the DOT spokesperson, said the state signed a two-year contract with the company, called AutoBase, for $331,500.

They will be on the roads 7 days a week with varying hours for the different seasons.

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