DWI Memorial Sign, 2003

Some states and local governments erect roadside memorial signs for victims of car accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. On February 16, 2003, Isaiah Carrillo, 14, and his brother Alfredo, 12, were riding in a car driven by Jonathan Garcia, 18, in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Garcia had consumed alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine earlier in the day and was impaired. He sped through a stop sign, then skidded, veered, and struck a tree. The Carrillo brothers were not wearing seat belts; they were thrown forward and died of head injuries. A memorial sign, erected by the Eddy County DWI Program at a different location in Carlsbad, symbolizes the trauma that affects DWI (driving while intoxicated) victims and their families. Such signs serve as grim reminders in the hope that public awareness will help prevent DWI tragedies.
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Object Name
date made
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
sign: 48 in x 30 in; 121.92 cm x 76.2 cm
sign: 48 in x 30 in; 121.92 cm x 76.2 cm
ID Number
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Road Transportation
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the Eddy County DWI Program

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