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12/23/04

Helping the Stranded Safely on the Road

63-year-old Phillip Shelton stopped to help a motorist with car problems on Wednesday near Wolfforth. DPS says the man was directing traffic on the overpass when an Escalade lost control on a patch of ice and hit him. Shelton later died.

Tis the season to stop and help someone who might be stranded on the side of the road. But safety experts like police officers know that the side of the road is a dangerous place to be. Wolfforth Chief of Police Rick Scott says if your vehicle has a flat or if you're having engine problems, move your vehicle as far away from the road as possible.

"I would even suggest, like highways, if you have a flat, it's best to make it to an exit or a parking lot to change the tire. We prefer they don't change the tire on the road or even on the shoulder," said Scott.

Chief Scott says if you want to pull over to help someone having trouble, pull off the road your self and help push the broken vehicle off the road. But if the car has been involved in a traffic accident, call 9-1-1 immediately. "Any of those vehicles involved need to be moved off the road way. If it's not one of those situations and you have to get out and attend to someone's injuries, it's best to stop behind their vehicle and slightly toward the roadway so you can use your vehicle for protection," said Scott.

Also, remember about the roadside assistance number on the back of your driver license. DPS says it's especially good for women traveling alone or with children who may need some help if the car is broken down. That number is 1-800-525-5555.

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