Mobile DUI memorial in Luzerne County

The state’s mobile DUI memorial was in town on Wednesday. With the July 4 holiday approaching, officials are warning against driving under the influence of alcohol.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. The walls of the Pennsylvania Mobile DUI Memorial are engraved with the names of hundreds of Pennsylvanians killed by drunk or disabled drivers.

“These are the lives forever changed by drivers in a split second under the influence of a mind-altering substance,” Lucerne District Attorney Samuel Sanguedolce said.

The mobile DUI memorial makes its way through Pennsylvania, stopping at the Luzerne County Courthouse, showing drivers the consequences of their decisions.

“The irreversible consequences could be death and that cannot be reversed. This is someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter, Joe Swortz, Luzerne County DUI Coordinator.

For Joe Lyons and his Forty Fort family, this moment is spent remembering his parents.

He tells us that in October 2019 his parents took a car trip but never made it home. They were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Now his family plans to add their names Joe and Gloria to the memorial.

“I’m glad they have something like this to commemorate the innocent victims. And I’m glad that these kinds of ceremonies and memorials are raising awareness,” Lyons said.

The Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office says 93 people have been arrested on DUI-related charges since the beginning of this year. Officials are already looking ahead to the 4th of July weekend.

“The police are well trained. She has the manpower to ensure we fight drink-driving in the city of Wilkes-Barre,” Mayor George Brown said.

If you have a loved one who died in a DUI-related accident and would like to pay tribute to them, find out more here.

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