Sheriff's deputies in Douglas County are going an extra mile to help drivers recover their abandoned vehicles along county roadways.
Deputies will pick drivers up at their home and transport them to the location where they left their car. The service is free.
"Most businesses are reopening today or at least tomorrow morning, on Friday, and people need to get home, need to get to work, need to get back to their normal lives, so we need to get them to their cars," said county spokesman Wes Tallon.
Deputies have joined forces with the National Guard in Douglasville to help motorists.
Guardsmen stopped to help Lisa Lussier of Marietta, who abandoned her car on Thornton Road Tuesday night after sitting in traffic for 14 hours.
"It won't start," said Lussier. "Apparently the cold weather or the fuel, I'm not sure what's happening. Right now, we're just praying that it will start."
Members of the guard tried to jump start Lussier's car but had no luck. They promised to help her get a new battery installed.
Some motorists who went to find their abandoned vehicles discovered they had been towed.
"The last 48 hours, all the stress being stuck in the car for 24 hours, the bad weather and now you have to try to find your own vehicle, it's crazy," said Adrian Johnson, who went to retrieve his wife's car.
County officials assured they would help drivers whose cars were towed. They were providing numbers to various towing companies and said motorists would not be charged.
"Douglas County is picking up the cost of the towing, because this was not of your making," said Tallon.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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