DOH Reminds Public of Holiday Safety Break Policy

CHARLESTON — The Division of Highways would like to remind those interested in hosting holiday safety breaks at rest areas and welcome centers of its policy and encourage groups to apply now. The Safety Break program is designed to encourage drivers to stop and take a break to insure safe and alert driving.

It is the division’s policy that permission may only be granted to civic non-profit 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 first 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.

To access the Safety Break application, DOH District contact information or to view the policy in its entirety, please visit:

https://transportation.wv.gov/highways/policies/Documents/Safety%20Breaks%202017.pdf

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