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Road Ranger Service Patrols
Road Ranger Service Patrols provide incident management and motorist assistance services along the roadways of Miami-Dade County.

The Road Ranger program is part of a national initiative implemented to improve the overall safety and mobility of the surface transportation systems across the United States. FDOT District Six is committed to operating the Road Ranger Program in our area and continuously strives to improve the efficiency of the services provided. The SunGuideĀ® TMC serves as the control and command post for the program’s operations. TMC operations staff are in constant communication with the Road Ranger Service Patrols and dispatch their services to help manage incidents and events through out the county.

The District Six Road Ranger fleet consists of 28 vehicles that service Interstates 75, 95, 195, 395, and State Road 826. Road Rangers made about 71,000 total assists in Fiscal Year 2014-2015.

Road Ranger Service Patrols provide assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Hours of operation:
Weekday – daytime = 13 Road Rangers on patrol – with six units along SR 826 and I-75, seven units along I-95, I-195, I-395. Additionally, two Road Ranger Supervisors roam these highways during rush-hours for quality control
Weekday – overnight = 8 Road Rangers on patrol – with four units along SR 826 and I-75, four units along I-95, I-195, I-395
Weekend – daytime = 8 Road Rangers on patrol – with four units along SR 826 and I-75, four units along I-95, I-195, I-395s
Weekend – overnight = 8 Road Rangers – with four units along SR 826 and I-75, four units along I-95, I-195, I-395

The following free services are provided by the Road Rangers:
Provide maintenance-of-traffic (MOT) services during incidents
Assist in Incident Management and response
Clear disabled vehicles from travel lanes
Clear debris from travel lanes
Change flat tires
Jump-start vehicles and make minor repairs
Provide stranded motorists two free local calls
Monitor abandoned vehicles and notify FHP

Road Ranger vehicles carry the following equipment:
Reflective cones
Flashing arrow board
Flares
5 gallons of speedy dry
Fire extinguishers
Air compressor
Booster cables
2-ton jacket
Auto fluids
Wood blocks
Cell phone
First aid kits
Water