State Farm agreed to a three-year contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in the first sponsorship under the public-private partnership law Gov. Tom Corbett signed in 2012.

The insurer will sponsor PennDOT's roving safety patrol offering free motorist assistance on select expressways in the Lehigh Valley, Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh regions. According to an announcement by Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, the sponsorship will offset nearly 11% of PennDOT's roughly $4 million annual cost to operate the service, now called the State Farm safety patrol.

"This sponsorship is a testament to how public-private partnerships can deliver benefits for the Commonwealth and businesses, but most importantly, to taxpayers," said Cawley.

The patrol assists motorists with towing, jump starts, flat tire repair and more on all or portions of heavily traveled roads during the business week.

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of car insurance in the U.S.

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