Pittsburgh, PA – The Allegheny County Safe
Driving Communities including, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
(PennDOT), AAA East Central, and Allegheny County Pretrial Services, Allegheny
County Health Department, Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project and
Pennsylvania State Police partnered with six local high schools on a
preventative peer-to-peer program highlighting the dangers of impaired driving
through the holiday season.
decorated a DUI tree, honoring those who lost their lives in an impaired
driving crash last year between November 21 and December 31 in Allegheny
County. As the night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest drinking days of
the year, there is typically a significant increase in impaired driving crashes
surrounding the holiday.
tree ornament represented a statistic that occurred last year in Allegheny
County. With 1,054 lights representing impaired crashes (a decrease from the
year before), 15 gold bulbs representing impaired driving fatalities
(decrease), 124 red bows representing impaired holiday crashes (increase) and
two red bulbs representing holiday impaired driving fatalities (increase), the
displays send students a powerful message before heading off on winter break.
schools included Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks, Riverview, South Fayette,
Steel Valley and West Allegheny.
Chartiers Valley High School students took the tree decorating as an
opportunity to honor local police and firefighters and thank them for their
service with American flags they made in their construction and technology
classes. Scott Township, Heidelberg Borough, Bridgeville Borough, and Collier
Township police received flags with a blue line and the fire companies were
given flags with an additional red line.
safety partners have been conducting the DUI tree program since 2013 and will
continue to bring impaired driving awareness to young drivers.
reminds motorists that impaired driving crashes are 100 percent preventable and
asks drivers to keep themselves, their families, and other motorists safe by
designating a sober driver or not driving under the influence of alcohol or
more information on impaired driving, visit www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Yasmeen Manyisha, 412-429-5044