Mobile memorial honors DUI victims at I-81 Welcome Center

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A mobile memorial honoring those who lost their lives in DUI related crashes made a stop at the Pennsylvania Welcome Center along Interstate 81 in Franklin County on Thursday. The Pennsylvania DUI Association`s special memorial is designed as a reminder for everyone to make a commitment to not drink and drive.

About 2,000 names on the memorial are of people died from DUI related crashes in Pennsylvania.

"Last year, in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania this holiday period we had over a thousand impaired driving crashes, and we lost 35 people, and that`s 35 people too many," Director of the Pennsylvania DUI Association Law Enforcement Services, George Geisler, said,  "That person`s lost their life needlessly at the hands of somebody who made a conscious decision to get behind the wheel of an automobile and drive."

Officials say the upcoming holiday travel season is one of the most dangerous times of the year on state highways because of impaired driving.  police officers were also on hand during the stop to remind people that they will be patrolling for impaired drivers.