Special to The Herald
MIDDDLETOWN - State police and AAA are banding together to ensure holiday travelers drive safely over the holiday.
From 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. today, motorists are encouraged to stop by the Department of Transportation’s rest stop in Middletown for a free cup of coffee - or a cup of ice water - compliments of the state police, and free battery ir tire testing by AAA crews.
State Trooper Kelly Grant said, “A casual conversation and a gentle reminder to ‘be safe’ might just be the difference between life and death. As always, we’re asking drivers to buckle up, drive the speed limit, put down cell phones and please be courteous to other drivers.”
AAA is predicting that more than 2 million New Englanders will be traveling for the Independence Day holiday.
State police will be increasing patrols over the holiday period, including roving DUI checkpoints. AAA expects to respond to thousands of calls from members.
“Being stranded in this heat is more than just an inconvenience; it’s a safety concern. We want to do all we can to ensure that everyone gets to their holiday destination - and home again - without incident,” said AAA spokeswoman Amy Parmenter.
The Middletown DOT rest stop is off Interstate 91 North, between Exits 19 and 20.