Park Place Infiniti this month was a platinum-level sponsor of the University Medical Center (UMC) annual “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose” event, where students from Legacy, West Career and Technical Academy and Boulder City high schools, experienced up close the dangers of drinking and driving.
“At Park Place Infiniti, we are committed to educating our youth about safe and responsible driving,” said Rob Schweizer, general manager of Park Place Infiniti. “We enjoy helping young people and their parents find the car of their dreams. But we want them to be safe and responsible on the road. Every year, UMC’s event demonstrates up close the devastation drunk driving can cause. This year, we’ve had students sign a banner to pledge their commitment to never driving under the influence.”
During “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose,” local high school students heard from people who have lost a loved one as a result of a drunk driving accident. Attendees of the event, including students and members of the media, were able to witness a roll-over simulation, and go “under the influence” using special goggles to learn and feel the effects of how just a little alcohol can impair a young driver.
“I see the most horrific injuries as a result of drinking and driving. Most of the time, I am able to save the patient’s life, though other times I have to tell the family there was nothing we could do to save their loved one’s life. In every case, the injuries were caused by someone’s careless decision to get behind the wheel after drinking,” UMC Trauma Center Vice Chief Dr. Douglas Fraser said. “Don’t drink and drive. Spend time with your family this holiday season, not with us.”
Clark County leaders and Nevada dignitaries were on hand to show their support in the prevention of drunk driving.
According to the Nevada Highway Patrol, some 36 people died in 34 alcohol-related fatal crashes across Clark County from Jan. 1 to Nov. 7 this year, the latest date for which statistics were available. Statewide, 54 people died in 50 fatal crashes involving alcohol during the same time period.
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 2016, the dealership completed a multimillion-dollar renovation at 5555 W. Sahara Ave. For more information, visit, www.parkplaceinfiniti.com.
UMC is committed to offering the highest level of care in Nevada, providing a wide range of exclusive and specialized health care services to community members and visitors. UMC is home to Nevada's only Level I Trauma Center, only Burn Care Center and only Center for Transplantation. Through Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC, the health system also provides patients with access to Nevada's only Designated Pediatric Trauma Center. Children's Hospital of Nevada at UMC serves as the state's only hospital to be recognized and accepted as an associate member of the Children's Hospital Association. Offering highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff members supported by the latest, cutting-edge technology, UMC and Children's Hospital of Nevada continue to build upon their shared reputation for providing the highest level of care. In support of its mission to serve as the premier academic health center, UMC is the anchor partner for the new UNLV School of Medicine. For more information, please visit www.umcsn.com and www.chnv.org.