DUI Moving Memorial on Display at Local Career and Technology Center
CLEARFIELD – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania DUI Association, local law enforcement and Penn Highlands Clearfield Emergency Department Director, Tom Smith, on Monday discussed impaired driving dangers with students at the Clearfield County Career & Technology Center (CCCTC) as part of a statewide enforcement initiative, which runs through Dec. 31.
“This is a great opportunity for our Clearfield County Career & Technology students to learn about the dangers of impaired driving straight from the mouths of local law enforcement, hospital employees and PennDOT,” said CCCTC Director of Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions Holly Ryan.
“Students at CCCTC are our future and educating them on safe driving habits is not only important to their families, but also to all of us at CCCTC.”
Students also got the opportunity to view the DUI Victim’s Moving Memorial, a 30-foot trailer that is a replica of the permanent DUI Victim’s Memorial Garden located in Harrisburg.
The memorial includes a 25-foot wall printed with the names of all the impaired driving victims in the state and a memorial garden.
“We hope the students and the general public see this moving memorial as a reminder to never get behind the wheel or ride with anyone after consuming alcohol as the names of those inside will have an empty chair during the holiday season,” said Pennsylvania DUI Association Executive Director Stephen Erni.
“DUI is the most easily preventable crime if you just keep it simple and don’t drive after consuming alcohol.”
According to PennDOT 2016 data, from Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, to Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, 1,072 impaired driving crashes occurred with 27 fatalities in those crashes.
Thirty-nine of those crashes occurred in District 2, which encompasses Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin and Potter counties. No fatalities occurred in District 2 during that same time frame.
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