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For Immediate Release: 08/29/18
Contact: Office of Media Relations and Communications | (518) 471-5300 | public.info@thruway.ny.gov 

MEDIA ADVISORY: THRUWAY AUTHORITY, NYS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND TRUCKING ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK 
TEAM UP FOR THE SECOND YEAR TO ENCOURAGE SAFETY ON OUR HIGHWAYS


As Part of the Trucking Association’s “Share the Road” Program, “Safety Breaks” Will Take Place Thursday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Five Service Areas Across the Thruway

Thruway Authority and DOT Employees, State Police, and Trucking Association of New York Representatives Will Hand Out Information to Reinforce “Move Over” Message

The New York State Thruway Authority, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Trucking Association of New York today announced they will hold “Safety Breaks” on Thursday, Aug, 30, to educate motorists about avoiding blind spots around large commercial trucks on highways. Part of the Trucking Association’s “Share the Road” program, the “Safety Breaks” will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various Service Areas along the New York State Thruway and Adirondack Northway. They will incorporate the state’s “Move Over” law to help drivers and workers stay safe.

“Safety is our top priority as motorists travel our roadway,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll. “We want to make sure that everyone traveling and working along the Thruway, including those behind the wheel of tractor trailers, can get home safely to their families at the end of the day and we ask everyone to be alert and use caution near large commercial trucks.”

Employees from the Thruway Authority and DOT, New York State Police, professional drivers, and volunteers will staff each site, helping visitors get in and out of a tractor trailer so they can see first-hand what the driver of a large vehicle can and can’t see. Tractor trailers have blind spots significantly greater than those of passenger vehicles.

The Safety Breaks will be taking place at the following locations:

  • Plattekill Service Area (I-87 northbound between exit 17 (Newburgh I-84) and exit 18 (New Paltz- Rte 299)
  • New Baltimore Service Area (I-87 northbound & southbound between exit 21B (Coxsackie- Rte. 9W) and exit 21A (Berkshire Section/to Mass Pike)
  • Chittenango Service Area (NYS Thruway westbound between exit 34 (Canastota- Rte. 13) and exit 34A (Syracuse I-481)
  • Clarence Service Area (I-90 westbound between exit 48A (Pembroke- Rte. 77) and exit 49 (Depew- Rte. 78)
  • Clifton Springs Service Area (eastbound on I-90 between exit 43 (Manchester- Rte. 21) and exit 42 (Geneva- Rte. 14) 
  • Clifton Park Rest Area (northbound on I-87 (Adirondack Northway) between exits 9 and 10) 

New York State Department of Transportation Acting Commissioner Paul Karas said, “Our roads support New York State’s economy by providing critical links for commerce traveling within the State, to and from Canada, and throughout the Northeast. Truck traffic is essential to keeping local and regional economic activity moving, but it is important that motorists use caution and avoid driving in the large blind spots of commercial vehicles. Driving where truck drivers can’t see you can lead to deadly crashes, so know where the blind spots are and – unless passing – stay clear of them.”

Below are tips/guidelines for motorists:

  • Use caution when passing all tractor trailers. 
  • If you can’t see them in their mirrors, they can’t see you.
  • Don’t cut in front of a truck.
  • Pass quickly to resume visibility and change lanes only when you can see both of the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.
  • Never pass on the right.
  • Allow trucks adequate space to maneuver.
  • There are four large blind spots around trucks where cars “disappear” from view and the driver can’t see you

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New York State Police Troop T Major Douglas R. Keyer Jr. said, “During ‘Safety Breaks,’ the main focus is to raise driver awareness about the dangers faced when passing or encountering a tractor trailer traveling on the roadway. Troopers will be out in full force, highly visible, and will be strictly enforcing the rules of the road. The New York State Police are tirelessly committed to keeping our highways safe for all motorists.”

Trucking Association of New York President Kendra L. Hems said, "The Trucking Association of New York is proud to partner with the NYS Thruway Authority to bring the ‘Share the Road’ program to Service Areas along the Thruway to speak with motorists about driving safely around large trucks and buses. A top priority for the industry, trucking invests nearly $10 billion annually in safety. By working together, we can ensure the safety of all motorists on New York’s highways.”

In 2016, approximately 28.5 million commercial trucks traveled the Thruway’s 570-mile system.

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