Those guys really are HEROes

The DOT’s HERO trucks will give you free gas.

With gasoline in many parts of the Atlanta area topping $4 a gallon, the DOT roadside assistance crews are seeing a spike in the number of motorists who run out of fuel.

“The majority of them probably figured they could make it to an exit,” Conley said. “Due to the traffic volume when they chose to get on the highway, it just wasn’t possible.”

A five-gallon canister used to last Conley’s entire eight-hour shift. Now, he fills up the tank once, and sometimes twice a day.

On a recent afternoon, Conley gave fuel to about one stranded motorist per hour. Each motorist gets about a gallon or two; just enough to get them to the nearest filling station.

“It’s not uncommon for me to run into people who ask for more,” Conley said. “That’s not possible.”


  1. A Typical White Person says:

    Next thing you know we’ll be reading stories of people gas-jacking the HERO trucks.

  2. FinanceBuzz says:

    I just heard a story on WSB radio about a guy that snatched a gas can off another vehicle and took off. Think he had a wreck or something trying to get away.

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