First DUI Victim’s Tree Update

1 Killed and 10 Injured in DUI Crashes

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Dover – The holiday traffic season is not off to a good start. According to police reports, one person has been killed and ten were injured in alcohol-related crashes occurring since Thanksgiving Eve.

This means that 1 red light bulb and 10 green light bulbs will be added to the DUI Victim’s Trees, located in each of the DMV facilities statewide. These will be the first colored bulbs placed on the trees since the start of the Safe Family Holiday Campaign last week.

The DUI Victim’s Tree project memorializes alcohol-related deaths and injuries which occur during the campaign period by placing colored light bulbs on the tree to represent each victim.

Each red bulb on the tree symbolizes someone killed in an alcohol-related crash in Delaware between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Each green light bulb symbolizes someone injured in an impaired driving crash. Last year, three people were killed and at least 50 injured in alcohol-related crashes in Delaware during the holiday season.

This week OHS is hosting its first Mocktail Party in partnership with BJ’s Wholesale Club in Millsboro on Friday December 4th from 5 – 7 p.m. on Rt. 113 in Millsboro.

Mocktails are non-alcoholic cocktail parties which showcase how to host a responsible holiday gathering.

Examples of non-alcoholic punches and high protein foods are served, recipe books provided, and OHS staff will be on hand to distribute information on the legal, social and financial consequences of impaired driving.

Additionally a Millsboro Police officer will conduct demonstrations of field sobriety tests using DUI goggles.

Currently, 29 (or 26%) of the 112 people killed in Delaware traffic deaths since January 1st have been alcohol-related.

This is an 18 percentage point decrease in impaired driving related deaths compared to this time last year when 50 (or 44%) of the 114 people killed, died in alcohol-related crashes.

Three sobriety checkpoints (2 in NcCo and 1in Sussex County), as well as statewide DUI saturation patrols, are scheduled to occur this weekend.

You can prevent alcohol-related crashes by being a HERO – Be a Designated Driver, or make sure you appoint one before you go out for the evening if you plan to drink alcohol.