SAFE-Service Authority Freeway Emergencies

After a majority of the cities and County adopted resolutions providing for the establishment of the authority, the Board of Supervisors established the Imperial County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) on March 27, 1990 and began collecting the $1.00 per registered vehicle in the County in June 1992. Due to a relative low vehicle registration and high number of miles in the county, the SAFE decided to collect revenues until such time sufficient funds were accumulated to provide call box service along the most heavily traveled routes.

In January 2000, 120 call boxes along Interstate 8 from the Arizona border to San Diego County line became operational. The system average 250 calls per month. As additional funds become available other call boxes will be installed.

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