SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – Police are warning the community that drinking and driving can kill, especially as the busy holiday season rolls around.
The DUI Moving Memorial trailer was commemorated at the Penn State University’s Shenango campus on Wednesday as part of Operation Safe Holiday.
The trailer has the names of thousands of victims from impaired drivers. Family and friends can honor loved ones inside the trailer.
Police say it serves as a reminder that there are consequences when drivers are impaired.
“When you read the names on the wall, it really hits you. It hits home with you about the effects your decisions not only have on yourself, but others,” said Sharon Police Officer Adam Zazado.
There were 18 deaths attributed to driving under the influence in Pennsylvania during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation says 11 percent of crashes were caused by impaired drivers in the northwest part of the state.
Officers want motorists to know it’s not just alcohol, drugs can also impair drivers. Police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers and those not following seat belt laws.