The Onondaga County Visitors Security Advisory Board held its thirty eighth annual Donald H. Barrett Lights on Caravan Occasion Saturday. The annual occasion honors victims of drunk and drugged driving. It additionally serves as a reminder of the hazards of driving whereas impaired, particularly throughout the vacation season.
Based on the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration, 659 individuals throughout the nation misplaced their lives in drunk-driving-related crashes final December alone. The company says over the previous 5 years, a median of 300 individuals died in drunk driving crashes the week of Christmas and New Yr’s. Native regulation enforcement says Thanksgiving is not any totally different.
“The night time earlier than Thanksgiving is likely one of the greatest consuming nights of the yr,” Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputy Seamus Shanley mentioned.
Shanley has been in regulation enforcement for about 5 years and this yr is his first lights on caravan. Native and state regulation enforcement companies, first responders and space companies drove via Downtown Syracuse, making their option to the Baldwinsville Fireplace Division to remind drivers to be secure on the roads this vacation season.
“We work hand in hand with all companies within the space to attempt to deliver consciousness of this challenge that is happening,” Shanley mentioned. “Not solely in our respective county however it’s a difficulty that we wish to make conscious all through the nation that once more there’s different avenues that one can discover.”
Whether or not it’s calling an Uber or having a chosen driver, Shanley says it’s necessary to make the most of these different companies as a substitute of driving whereas impaired.
“It takes the group to deliver consciousness to this challenge and hopefully restrict as a lot as we are able to,” Shanley mentioned.
In 2014, the caravan was renamed to the Donald H. Barrett Lights on Caravan, dedicating the yearly occasion to one of many founders who handed away in September 2013.