For immediate release: January 31, 2014
Contact: Colin Brennan (518) 471-5300
THRUWAY AUTHORITY AND NEW YORK STATE POLICE TROOP T
URGE SUPER BOWL TRAVELERS TO DESIGNATE DRIVERS
Motorists In The New York City Area Are Reminded Of Possible Gameday Traffic Impacts
The New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Police Troop T are reminding motorists to designate sober drivers and to use caution while traveling during Super Bowl weekend from Friday, January 31 to Sunday, February 2.
Troop T will be joining with other law enforcement agencies across the state in a special effort to crackdown on impaired and distracted driving during this time.
Additionally, motorists in Rockland and Westchester counties are being advised to prepare for game-related impacts on traffic. The Thruway is recommending that motorists in the region allow for extra travel time on gameday and to plan their trips accordingly.
“As New York and New Jersey prepare to host what will be a historic Super Bowl, the Thruway is encouraging all motorists to designate a driver and drive responsibly to ensure that the game is not overshadowed by a tragedy,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison. “Further, we would like to remind our customers in the New York City Metro Region of possible game-related impacts to traffic and encourage everyone to utilize the Thruway’s online resources for real-time updates.
“The New York State Police want everyone to enjoy Super Bowl weekend - but encourage everyone to do it safely,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico. “Members of Troop T will be patrolling the New York State Thruway looking for impaired drivers. If you choose to drink, make sure you designate a sober driver or plan another way to get home safely. Together, we can save lives and prevent serious injuries."
Thruway travelers looking for real-time traffic updates and can visit http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/map/index.html?layer=traffic or sign up for TRANSAlert emails at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/tas/index.shtml. Also, travelers can receive TRANSAlerts by following @ThruwayTraffic on Twitter.
Additional driver safety tips can be found at http://www.thruway.ny.gov/travelers/safety/drivingsafety.html.