KENNEBUNK — A good cup of coffee can give you a lift and make you feel more awake.

And so on Christmas Eve and again on New Year’s Eve, the Maine Turnpike Authority is keeping safety in mind, offering a free cup of joe to travelers from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Opportunities for a break and a cup of coffee will be at the five turnpike service plazas: mile 25 north- and southbound in Kennebunk; mile 58 north- and southbound in Gray and Cumberland; and mile 102 in West Gardiner. Turnpike service plazas are operated by HMSHost.

The Maine Turnpike Authority says it expects approximately 255,000 toll transactions for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day combined, and another 280,000 for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day combined.

“Many travelers will be traveling very late or very early during the holidays, and for them to stay alert, complimentary coffee will be offered at all five Maine Turnpike service plazas,” said spokeswoman Erin Courtney.

Maine State Police Troop G will be actively patrolling the Maine Turnpike to keep drivers and passengers safe throughout the holidays. Turnpike staff also works with state troopers to assist stranded motorists during daytime and overnight hours, Courtney said.

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