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PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION AND LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD WORK TOGETHER TO DETER DRINKING AND DRIVING

 PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE COMMISSION AND LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD
 WORK TOGETHER TO DETER DRINKING AND DRIVING
 HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Toll collectors at the Valley Forge (No. 24), Pittsburgh (No. 6) and Harrisburg East (No. 19) interchanges of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be promoting safe driving on Friday, Dec. 20.
 Beginning at 10 a.m., collectors will offer holiday planners from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) to motorists exiting the turnpike. The free holiday planners are small plastic litter bags containing tips for hosting holiday celebrations, non-alcoholic drink recipes, designated driver pins and stickers and other health and safety information.
 "Each year the commission does a promotion relating to the problem of drinking and driving during the holiday season," said John L. Sokol, executive director of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. "This year we are working in cooperation with the Liquor Control Board and their safe driving campaign."
 In addition to the holiday planners, the PLCB is providing signs to be posted at all turnpike interchanges. The signs read, "The PLCB and the PA Turnpike wish you a safe holiday season. Please don't drink and drive." The PLCB is also supplying 50 cardboard display units that will be used in turnpike service plazas.
 In general, the problem of drunk drivers has not been a big one for the turnpike, but the numbers are growing. This year 167 DUI arrests were made compared to 142 during 1990. The Pennsylvania State Police are continuing efforts to eliminate drunk drivers from the turnpike through increased enforcement efforts.
 Even so, according to Sokol, the commission believes the message regarding drinking and driving is important. "No other road in Pennsylvania has the same ability to communicate directly with the motorists," he said, "but the turnpike can do so through our toll booths and service plazas. We are happy to cooperate with the PLCB to promote safe driving."
 The PLCB is also sponsoring a television public service campaign aimed at discouraging drunk driving and consumption of alcohol by persons under age 21. Motorists who miss getting a free holiday planner, may obtain one by dialing toll free, 800-453-PLCB.
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 /Editors: Photo opportunity/press availability: Press is invited to cover distribution of holiday planners from turnpike toll booths between 10 and 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, Liquor Control Board and the State Police will be on hand at the three turnpike interchanges to discuss the promotional campaign. Troop T members will be available at all three locations to demonstrate new portable breath testers used on the turnpike to detect and arrest drunk drivers./
 /CONTACT: Sally Grant Branca of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, 717-939-9551/ CO: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission; Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board ST: Pennsylvania IN: TRN SU:


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