May 26, 2016

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Turnpike to offer free coffee on New Year’s Day

AMHERST — The holidays are coming to an end, meaning increased traffic on the road and with it, free coffee all along the Ohio Turnpike.

From 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 7 a.m. New Year’s Day, vendors on the Turnpike will be providing complimentary coffee for drivers traveling for the holidays. Drivers will be able to have one cup of free coffee from Aplus Convenience Store, Burger King, Hardees or McDonald’s, according to a news release.

One of the service plazas participating is Vermilion Valley Service Plaza in Lorain County. The plaza was recently named the eighth-most-popular service plaza in the Midwest by USA Today.

For all of the 14 plazas along the Turnpike, free coffee has been a long tradition. This year, the Turnpike expects about 3.7 million travelers around New Year’s, the release said.

With the influx of travelers and the danger of driving on New Year’s Eve, the Turnpike and Ohio Highway Patrol will be working together to prevent accidents and watch for unsafe driving. Anyone who sees dangerous driving is urged to call the patrol at (star)990.