EL PASO — A donation from Las Cruces Elks Lodge #1119 has mobilized a powerful anti-DWI tool for the Doña Ana County Sheriff‘s Department that until now has been unable to be used for local educational purposes.
A check for $2,200 was given to the sheriff’s department on behalf of the Elks Lodge for the purchase of a utility trailer that will be able to pull a totaled 1998 Dodge Intrepid.
In 2009, the car was involved in a fatal alcohol-related crash that killed two students from Santa Teresa High School.
The mother of one of the victims donated the car to the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department in hopes that its image might be a sobering reminder to teens not to drink and drive.
“When teens see the effects of drinking and driving, especially when the victims are close to their age, it has a powerful impact,” said Deputy Michelle Ugalde, who heads the department’s Community Policing Division and is active in educational efforts that aim to reduce the number of alcohol-related fatalities in Doña Ana County.
“The car was donated to us in 2009, but we didn’t have a way to transport it from our parking lot to a high school for demonstration purposes,” said Ugalde. “The Elks Lodge came through for us with this donation. We are grateful to them, and appreciate their commitment to our efforts in Doña Ana County to prevent alcohol-related deaths.”
Members of the Elks Lodge will formally hand over possession of the trailer at a ceremony Monday, June 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. at the Elks Club, 3000 Elks Drive in Las Cruces.
Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend.