High school students wearing coats and somber expressions gathered around the wreckage of a car at the annual “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” event held by University Medical Center in front of its Trauma Center on Dec. 12.
Park Place Infiniti, a gold-level sponsor of the event promoting safe driving, participated with the hope that young people will take seriously the reality that making good decisions behind the wheel can save someone’s life.
"As a local car dealership and community-minded business, we’re committed to promoting safe driving,” said Joe Tortomasi, general manager of the Park Place Infiniti dealership at 5605 W. Sahara Avenue. “This event vividly highlights just how real and how permanent the damage caused by drunk drivers can be. We hope that as people celebrate the new year and other occasions, these young people will make wise decisions.”
“You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” was co-sponsored by more than 20 local public safety, medical and community organizations. About 150 local high school students attended this year’s event. The students, all driving age, heard from people who have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driving accident. Attendees also had the opportunity to sit in the “seat belt convincer” and go “under the influence” using special goggles to learn just how little alcohol it takes to become impaired.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police and the Nevada Highway Patrol reported that 54 people have died in drug- or alcohol-related traffic incidents in the Las Vegas Valley as of Dec. 14. Nationwide, someone dies every 31 minutes as the result of a careless decision to drive under the influence. On average, national studies show drunk drivers will have driven impaired 80 times before they are arrested.
About Park Place Dealerships
Founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer, Park Place Dealerships represents luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati, Lotus and smart. In June 2012, Park Place purchased the Infiniti dealership in Las Vegas. In 2014, the dealership completed a multimillion-dollar renovation of the dealership at 5605 W. Sahara Ave. For more information, visit, www.parkplaceinfiniti.com.