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DOT helps motorists during summer driving season

YAKIMA, Wash. - The summer driving season has already begun and the Department of Transportation is ready.

The Incident Response Teams are already out in full force, said Mike Westbay, communications manager with DOT.

This is something the the DOT has been doing for the last four years, Westbay said.

"The goal for the Incident Response Teams is to provide a service to drivers to clear the roads and keep traffic moving," he said.

The teams can provide a number of things to stranded motorists, Westbay said.

"Say if they stall on the roadway, if their battery dies, they have jumper cables and they can provide that service,"he said. "They run out of gas, they fill them up to get them going again until they can get services else where."

These teams patrol highways all over the state including Snoqualmie Pass, I-5, I-90 and 405.