Highway Heroes Help Drivers Running on Empty - NBC Southern California

Highway Heroes Help Drivers Running on Empty

Stanford Velasquez is one of more than 150 tow-truck drivers patrolling LA County freeways as part of the Metro Freeway Service Patrol. Not only does Velasquez move disabled vehicles from blocking traffic, he and his colleagues dole out a gallon of gas for any motorist that calls in stranded from a lack of fuel. About 10 percent of the service's calls are for drivers who ran out of gas, and that hasn’t changed with the recent spike in fuel costs. But Velasquez says he has noticed less drivers on the roads. To use Metro's service, dial #399. Lolita Lopez reports from Encino for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2012.