August 24, 2021
- Harrisburg, PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and the Pennsylvania DUI Association gathered with local police agencies and victim's advocates in the DUI Victims' Memorial Garden to urge motorists to celebrate responsibly ahead of the Labor Day holiday."Crashes involving impaired drivers are entirely preventable," said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. "We are urging motorists to ensure their safety and the safety of others on our roadways by designating a sober driver this Labor Day weekend and every time they drink."The event featured victim advocate Kelli Donlen, whose nephew Zachary Gonzalez is memorialized in the DUI Victims' Memorial Garden. The garden, which was dedicated in October 2003 and is located in front of the Pennsylvania DUI Association's headquarters in Harrisburg, honors and remembers Pennsylvanians who have been killed in impaired driving crashes. Currently, more than 2,200 people are memorialized in the garden.According to PennDOT data, in 2020 there were 2,698 crashes resulting in 39 fatalities statewide over the holiday week beginning Friday, September 4 at 6:00 PM and running through Sunday, September 13. Of those numbers, 231 crashes resulting in 12 fatalities were alcohol-related and 104 crashes resulting in three fatalities were drug-related.