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TAKE A TURNPIKE SAFETY BREAK AT SOMERSET SOUTH PLAZA

 TAKE A TURNPIKE SAFETY BREAK AT SOMERSET SOUTH PLAZA
 PITTSBURGH, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Turnpike travelers are invited to "take a breather" and attend a "Safety Break" program at the
Somerset South Service Plaza on Wednesday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., it was announced today.
 Somerset South Service Plaza is located in Somerset County (milepost 112.3 eastbound), east of the Somerset Interchange (No. 10).
 Scheduled to meet the peak traveling hours, turnpike "Safety Breaks" are held once a month at various locations along the toll road. This month's event will stress seat belt safety in conjunction with "Buckle Up America Week," May 18-25.
 Have a complimentary cup of coffee while listening to representatives from the Turnpike's Safety Department, Pennsylvania State Police Troop T, the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association Safety Management Council, and the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carrier Safety. They provide information regarding Pennsylvania Turnpike services, rules and regulations governing Pennsylvania highway travel, and helpful hints for safe driving.
 A variety of informative brochures, maps, bumper stickers and audio visuals are available and a video highlighting the many new safety features on the turnpike is shown at all safety breaks.
 Interested motorists are also given a chance to try out the turnpike's emergency call box system. A prototype box which simulates the actual operation is on display. Participants learn how to call for the proper type of emergency service.
 The "Safety Break" safe-driver awareness program was first created in 1980 as an educational service for turnpike travelers. Today the Pennsylvania Turnpike is the only toll road in the country to offer these free safety sessions.
 Here are some tips for safe driving on the Pennsylvania Turnpike taken from a new brochure published by the Turnpike Commission.
 -- Always drive with headlights on during low visibility periods and at dusk;
 -- Turn headlights on when traveling through tunnels;
 -- Use flashing hazard-warning lights when your vehicle is not maintaining minimum speed (40 mph) or in slow-moving or stopped traffic;
 -- When stopping, pull completely off the roadway and activate your hazard warning lights;
 -- Never attempt U-turns at any emergency crossover. Go to the next interchange;
 -- Dot not cross traffic lanes on foot;
 -- Do not back up on the roadway or shoulder;
 -- Do not stop in traffic lanes;
 -- Don't tailgate other vehicles;
 -- Do not park on shoulders to rest or sleep;
 -- Don't sidegate other vehicles, especially trucks or buses;
 -- Don't drink and drive;
 -- Don't drive when tired or sleepy;
 -- Use proper signals to change lanes. Make sure other lane is clear; and
 -- Don't wear headphones when driving. It is illegal.
 Upcoming safety breaks are on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 -- June 24 - Peter J. Camiel Service Plaza at Brandywine;
 -- July 29 - New Stanton Service Plaza;
 -- Aug. 26 - Allentown Service Plaza
 -- Sept. 30 - Sideling Hill Service Plaza
 -0- 5/18/92
 /CONTACT: Clare E. Doran of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 412-856-0886/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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