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PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION: TAKE A SAFETY BREAK AT TURNPIKE'S ALLENTOWN SERVICE PLAZA

 PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION: TAKE A SAFETY BREAK
 AT TURNPIKE'S ALLENTOWN SERVICE PLAZA
 PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission today invited travelers to take a breather and get a free cup of coffee along with worthwhile safety tips.
 This month's "Safety Break" will be held at the Allentown Service Plaza on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The plaza is located on the Northeast Extension between the Lehigh Valley (No. 33) and Quakertown Interchanges (No. 32), at milepost A35.9 north- and southbound.
 Summer travelers rushing to their destinations tend to forget the importance of regular breaks and safety fundamentals. "The emphasis this year is seat belt usage," said C.L. Wright Jr., safety manager for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He added, "Too many people are injured in accidents because they are not wearing seat belts or safety restraints."
 Travelers can hear advice from representatives of the Turnpike's Safety Department, Pennsylvania State Police Troop T, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association Safety Management Council, and the U.S. Department of Transportation's (U.S. DOT) Office of Motor Carrier Safety. Information on Pennsylvania Turnpike services, rules and regulations regarding Pennsylvania highway travel, and hints to ensure a safer trip, will be provided.
 In addition, a prototype of the emergency call box that simulates the actual operation will be on display. Interested motorists will be able to sample the emergency service that is now available over the entire 470-mile stretch of the Turnpike.
 A variety of informative brochures, detailed maps, audio visuals and even bumper stickers are available monthly at each of the "Safety Breaks" throughout the year. This safe-driver awareness program was first created in 1980 as an educational service for Turnpike travelers. The Turnpike is the only toll road in the country to offer these free safety sessions.
 "Because of the increase in traffic during the summer months, we make an extra effort to promote highway safety," Wright added. He continued, "Informing Turnpike travelers of safe driving procedures reduces accidents and minimizes the concerns of patrons who drive on toll roads and interstate highway systems."
 To start your journey, here are some traveling tips 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.
 -- Do 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 drink and drive.
 -- Don't drive when tired or sleepy.
 -- Use proper signals to change lanes.
 -- Don't wear headphones when driving. It is illegal.
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 /CONTACT: Christina Hampton of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 215-828-4270/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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