How does this program tie into other transportation technology?
The Courtesy Patrol program is part of MDOT's much larger freeway incident management system that is designed to improve motorist safety and reduce travel time. MDOT now operates four transportation operations centers (TOC) to monitor traffic conditions, assist in incident management, and provide information to travelers: the Southeast Michigan Transportation Operations Center (SEMTOC) in Detroit; the West Michigan Transportation Operations Center (WMTOC) in Grand Rapids; the Statewide Transportation Operations Center (STOC) in Lansing; and the Blue Water Bridge Transportation Operations Center in Port Huron. These centers operate ITS devices such as dynamic message signs, closed-circuit television cameras, vehicle detectors and environmental sensor stations. Operators also help manage traffic events on state trunklines. Much of what the TOCs do and manage ends up being posted to MDOT's Mi Drive Web site at: www.michigan.gov/drive.