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STOP DWI Discussion

STOP DWI Discussion

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September  26,  2013     FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE       Contact:  Kraig  Everard   Director  of  Corporate  Support   keverard@wpbstv.

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New  WPBS-­‐DT  Program  Available  for  Local  Schools   URBAN  MISSION  DWI  Initiative  Panel  Discussion  
 

Watertown,  NY  -­‐  WPBS-­‐DT  recorded  a  DWI  victim's  impact  panel  in  April,  2013  in  partnership  with  the  Watertown  Urban   Mission.  Segments  from  the  program,  Suffering  the  Consequences:  Stop  DWI,  will  be  broadcast  on  Wednesday,  October  9  at   7:30  PM.    The  program  will  be  followed  up  at  8:00  PM  with  a  special  edition  of  the  60  minute  ‘live’  call-­‐in  program,  WPBS  LIVE!   in  which  host  Don  Alexander  will  examine  the  impact  and  consequences  of  driving  while  intoxicated  with  select  guests  from  the   DWI  victim’s  impact  panel.       Viewers  are  encouraged  to  participate  and  pose  questions  or  make  comments  to  the  panel  during  the  show  by  calling  315-­‐782-­‐ 8600  or  emailing  wpbslive@wpbstv.org.       “This  panel  helps  to  put  a  human  face  on  the  tragedies  that  are  a  very  real  consequence  of  driving  while  intoxicated."  said  Erika   Flint,  Executive  Director  of  the  Watertown  Urban  Mission.  “Through  this  panel,  these  families  have  taken  their  tragedy  and   turned  it  into  a  positive,  using  their  testimony  to  prevent  future  tragedies.  It  has  also  helped  them  heal  through  the  bonds  they   have  made  with  each  other."     The  Panel  featured  an  expanded  lineup  of  speakers,  including  seven  families  who  lost  loved  ones  to  DWI  related  vehicle   accidents,  a  statement  from  a  woman  currently  serving  time  for  killing  someone  in  a  DWI  related  crash,  Jefferson  County  Judge   Kim  Martusewicz,  District  Attorney  Cindy  Intschert,  and  Bridge  Program  Director  Sal  Ciulo.     "DWI  is  something  that  is  easily  avoided  and  has  a  real  cost,"  Sal  said.  "This  panel  is  intended  to  show  people  who  might  think   driving  drunk  is  no  big  deal  that  no  matter  if  you're  buzzed  or  falling  over  drunk,  you  put  yourself  at  risk  and  others.  These   families  are  suffering  because  someone  they  loved  was  killed  by  an  irresponsible  choice,  and  we  want  to  help  everyone  make   the  responsible  choice  to  never  get  behind  the  wheel  of  a  motor  vehicle  if  they've  been  drinking  alcohol."     Generous  corporate  support  was  provided  by  CREDO  Community  Center,  Jefferson-­‐Lewis  BOCES  and  STAT  Communications,   allowing  for  a  DVD  of  the  program  to  be  distributed  to  area  schools,  and  libraries  in  the  3  county  area,  and  reach  as  many   people  as  possible  to  help  reinforce  its  message  about  the  risks  of  driving  while  intoxicated.       General  Information   Segments  from  Suffering  the  Consequences:  Stop  DWI     WPBS  LIVE!  Panel  Discussion   Wednesday,  October  9  at  7:30  PM         Wednesday,  October  9  at  8:00PM     Watch  Suffering  the  Consequences:  Stop  DWI  Online       Local  Resources   www.watch.wpbstv.org            www.wpbstv.org/stopdwi         About  WPBS-­‐DT   WPBS-­‐DT  is  the  non-­‐profit  PBS  station  serving  2.2  million  viewers  in  Northern  New  York  and  Eastern  Ontario,  Canada.  Our   mission  is  to  educate,  entertain,  and  inform  our  two-­‐nation  audience  through  superior  local  and  national  content  and  media   engagement  in  order  to  enhance  the  lives  of  those  we  serve.     (###)  

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