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Local News in Brief : Westminster : Grisly Crash Displays Aimed at Drunk Drivers

Police are hoping to shock local drivers into having a safe holiday.

As the most dangerous time of year for drunk driving approaches, the Police Department has set up several vivid displays around the city that show auto wreckage left in the wake of recent drunk-driving accidents.

The wrecked cars, including two set up a few hundred feet from Municipal Court where traffic violators appear, come complete with narratives describing the gruesome accidents. And the shattered glass and scraps of metal remain untouched in the cars’ interiors, testimony to the violence of the impact.

If the purpose of the display is to force people to at least think about drunk driving, police appear to be succeeding.

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Many people outside the Municipal Court on Thursday shook their heads in shock and outrage at the severity of the damage. Some read the accident descriptions aloud to friends. A few others scoffed mockingly at the city’s attempt to idle drunk drivers.

An abundance of Christmas and New Year’s parties make this the worst time of year for drunk driving, according to police.

Said Tom Broderson, a police spokesman: “We want people to see firsthand what drunk driving can do. These cars speak for themselves.”


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