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      Free coffee and tea for drivers on the State Thruway for New Year??s Eve

      A 43-year tradition continues this New Year's Eve with free coffee and hot tea offered at each of the 27 travel plazas along the 570-mile New York State Thruway.

      The free beverages will be available from 11 p.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Wednesday.

      Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison says the goal is to remind motorists to take breaks to combat fatigue that can lead to accidents.

      Operators participating in the free-coffee program are McDonald's, Delaware North Companies, and HMS Host Corporation.