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Car from drunken crash to be displayed in downtown Gardnerville

Staff reports

A real attention getter will be unveiled Monday in the heart of Carson Valley.

A car wrecked during a drunken driving crash will be displayed in a median along Highway 395 directly east of the Verizon Phonemart.

Martie Graham-Jones, who is the prevention coordinator for the Partnership of Community Resources, said the public need to buy into the concept of preventing drunken driving.

“You can’t just talk to the teens,” she said. “You have to talk to everybody.”

The teen participants of “Stand Tall, Don’t Fall” try to promote abstention from alcohol among youth.

“They’re trying to deglamorize alcohol use and show not all teens drink,” Graham-Jones said.

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Mort’s Towing is providing the car that will be displayed starting Monday and continuing until Nov. 3.

Also, at the display, the Partnership will provide information about drunken driving, including a statistic that shows on Friday and Saturday nights that one in seven drivers has consumed alcohol or illegal drugs.

“We want them to go back and say ‘wow,'” she said. “The whole idea is reaching out to the (public).”

In conjunction with the effort, seminars are planned Friday, Nov. 2 at Pau-Wa-Lu and Carson Valley middle schools.