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DOH offers 'Safety Break' program

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The West Virginia Division of Highways reminds West Virginians and travelers of its policy regarding holiday safety breaks at rest areas and welcome centers.

It's a policy that encourages groups to apply. Various organizations and families can benefit from the use of the rest areas.

The Safety Break program is designed to encourage drivers to stop and take a break to ensure safe and alert driving.

"The Division of Highways' Safety Break program is very worthwhile," said DOH Secretary Paul Mattox in a news release. "While I am happy to see so many groups interested in keeping our drivers alert and our highways safe, the division is bound by federal regulations that permit these activities by certain groups on designated holidays."

It is the division's policy that permission may only be granted to civic nonprofit organizations with an identifiable safety program targeting transportation or to groups that participate in the Adopt-A-Highway Program.

Fund-raising groups and organizations sponsoring festivals, fairs and recreational activities are not permitted to host safety breaks at DOH rest areas or welcome centers.

Permission to eligible groups will be granted during the holidays of New Year's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and the 1st day of Buck Gun Season. The agency reserves the right to permit safety breaks on days with extraordinarily high traffic volumes at its discretion.

Applications will be accepted at the DOH district offices statewide through the month of December and selections will be made by the end of January 2014.

To access the Safety Break application, DOH District contact information or to view the policy in its entirety, visit the West Virginia Department of Transportation's website: www.transportation.wv.