Woman Turns Grief Into Action With Anti-Drunken Driving Campaign


UPDATED: Wednesday December 12, 2012 8:46 AM

There is a push in Delaware County to keep drunk drivers off the roads this holiday season.

Powell police will join local safety activists to promote sober driving on Tuesday. Officers said this program is not intended to increase ticket writing or arrests, but to prevent impaired driving in the county.

Amy Bean will join the effort. Bean's husband was killed in a drunken driving crash.

"When I received the call I was devastated," Bean said, recalling learning of the death of her husband.

Bean said that she was turning her grief into action with help from police.

"We went out today in Powell to numerous bar establishments and restaurants and presented the owners and managers with bows," Bean said.

Together, the group visited 20 businesses in the city that serve alcohol, passing out information about the states drinking laws and encouraging responsible serving.

"This red bow is symbolic message that Drinking and driving is a bad thing and people do get injured from these drinking and driving crashes," Powell Officer Travis Dennison said.

Businesses, like Liberty Tavern, displayed the bows to show solidarity in the effort to curb drunken driving.

Officers said that this program is not intended to increase ticket writing or arrests, but to prevent impaired driving in the county. Bean said that she hopes the message will help prevent tragedies.

"They might stop and think about their actions and they might not proceed into a car and drink and drive," Bean said.

This is the second year Powell police have participated in the program.

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