Harrisburg, PA – Now that nearly everyone has a cellphone, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has begun removing more than 1,000 emergency roadside call boxes.

Not enough people use them to justify the expense, and the turnpike commission says it will save about $250,000 a year by removing the boxes, which should be gone by the end of the month.

When the boxes were installed in 1988, they were used more than 18,000 that year to call for help. Last year, the boxes were only used 772 times.

Turnpike officials also say cell phones are safer to use because motorists can stay inside of their vehicle to call for help instead of standing along a busy roadway.

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