Salina and Saline County law enforcement are joining other agencies from across Kansas in remembering victims of DUI crashes. The week of Thanksgiving is when the “Holiday Drive For Victims” begins.
The effort is a project of the Kansas DUI Impact Center, an organization whose mission is to reduce the traumatic effect a DUI crime has on victims and their families, and to increase the awareness of the human consequences of drunk driving.
Volunteers have written the names of victims from throughout the state of Kansas onto thousands of red ribbons. The names on the ribbons are a way of remembering all those who have been injured and lost by an under the influence driver.
Staff and Volunteers of the Kansas DUI Impact Center travel to law enforcement agencies all over the state delivering red ribbons, and magnets, to be put on patrol cars. They were in Salina Tuesday afternoon.
Locally, Salina Police and Saline County Sheriff vehicles will display magnets on their vehicles through the end of the year. Salina County Sheriff Deputy Scott Trembley organized the local show of support, and helped attach the magnets Tuesday afternoon.
According to the The Kansas DUI Impact Center, they realize how important loved ones are, especially when the holidays come around. For many of the families they work with, this time of the year through the New Year is the hardest. They would like to offer victims and volunteers an opportunity to join the Kansas DUI Impact Center and local Law Enforcement with this special way to remember their loved ones through this holiday season.
In addition to providing the red ribbons to law enforcement, the organization also provides officers with a snack bag to thank them for working through the holidays and being away from their families to protect ours.