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Free coffee at thruway rest stops

by jmaloni
Fri, Dec 30th 2011 11:00 am

Keeping up a 41-year tradition for New Year's Eve

Via readMedia: Keeping up a 41-year tradition, free coffee and hot tea will be available to travelers along the New York State Thruway on New Year's Eve.

The free beverages will be available at each of the 27 thruway travel plazas from 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, through 7 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1.

"Sleepiness and fatigue are major contributors to highway accidents," said Thruway Authority Acting Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. "This New Year's Eve tradition in partnership with thruway's vendors is intended to remind motorists to take breaks to prevent drowsy driving on the thruway and other roadways. As motorists head to their destinations during the holiday period, drivers should be aware of the dangers of drinking and driving."

Vendors participating in the free-coffee program are McDonald's Corporation, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, and HMS Host Corporation.

Travelers are reminded they should never stop along the shoulder of the road unless it is an actual emergency.

For a complete list of travel plazas along the thruway, visit http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelplazas/index.html.

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