Joint Hearing to Review State Police Emergency Towing Pilot Program
WHAT: The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and House Judiciary Committee will hold a joint public hearing this week to examine the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Emergency Towing pilot program that began last fall. The program requires troopers to contact a dispatcher, under contract by the state, to dispatch participating towing companies to clear vehicles from accident scenes. The goal of the pilot program is to increase the safety of travelers and emergency crews and allow for travel lanes to more quickly re-open following an accident.

WHO: Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and Rep. Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, will conduct the joint hearing. Testimony will be provided by Lt. Col. George Bivens, PSP Deputy Commissioner of Operations; Maj. Edward Hoke, director, PSP Bureau of Patrol; Capt. Patrick Brinkley, director, PSP Bureau of Research and Development; representatives of several Pennsylvania towing companies; and members of both committees.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Room 140 Main Capitol, Harrisburg.


Media contacts: Donna Pinkham, 717.260.6452,  
Autumn R. Southard, 717.652.3721 

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