DUI Victims' Moving Memorial to be in Towanda on Tuesday
TOWANDA - The DUI Victims' Moving Memorial is coming to Towanda.
The public is encouraged to tour the DUI Victims' Moving Memorial from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, which is when it will be parked in front of the Towanda Borough police station on Park Street in Towanda, according to the Towanda police.
The memorial is a fairy large trailer that displays the names of approximately 1,400 people who have been killed in drug- or alcohol-related crashes in Pennsylvania, said Sgt. David Lantz of the Towanda police.
"I think it's pretty powerful," Lantz said.
The public is also invited to hear several officials speak at the event, including Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman; Towanda Police Chief Randy Epler, who is a drug recognition expert (DRE); and Lantz, who is the DUI coordinator in Bradford County.
In addition, there will be one or two individuals speaking at the event who have lost relatives in crashes involving impaired drivers.
The speeches will begin at 12:15 p.m. The speeches will focus on the dangers of impaired driving and the effects that impaired driving has on people's lives.
The DUI Victims' Moving Memorial is a moving version of the permanent garden memorial in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania DUI Association, Lantz said.
The event is being held during a national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Impaired Driving Crackdown, which runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Pennsylvania's efforts will focus on those who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, including prescription drugs.
Tuesday's program is sponsored by the Towanda Borough Police Department and the Pennsylvania DUI Association.
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