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For immediate release: December 28, 2012
Contact: Betsy Feldstein, (518) 471-5300

THRUWAY AUTHORITY OFFERS FREE COFFEE AT
THRUWAY TRAVEL PLAZAS FOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

Continuing a 42-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, along the 570-mile superhighway system, from 11 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2012, through 7 a.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

“This New Year’s Eve tradition in partnership with Thruway Travel Plaza operators is intended to remind motorists to take breaks to prevent drowsy driving on the Thruway and other roadways,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “Sleepiness and fatigue are major contributors to highway accidents.  All motorists should put safety first at all times.”

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

Motorists are reminded not to stop along the shoulder of the roadway except in the case of an emergency.

For a complete list of travel plazas along the Thruway go to http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/travelplazas/index.html .

To receive TRANSalert emails with information on Thruway traffic incidents and other timely information, go to:
http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml .

To see real-time webcam views of the Thruway, go to:
http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=cameras.

To see an interactive map including Google traffic conditions for the Thruway and other roadways in New York State and beyond, go to:
http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=traffic .

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