Stop DWI Exhibit Attracts Attention During Labor Day Weekend

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It takes a quick second to end up in a situation where someone is killed in a head-on accident.

"This is terrible. I wonder what was going through their minds," Resident, Lorri Holmes said.

Stop DWI along with the Hochman family, put together a small exhibit during Labor Day weekend to help spread an important message and hopefully save lives.

"Don't drink and drive," Analicia Martinez said.

"It's good for us young people to see it and to realize that death is the outcome," Martin Arroyos said.
 
Michael Hochman lost his wiife, Patsy, last year after she was killed by a reckless driver, and Hochman says he hopes putting this exhibit together will serve as a lesson.

"Just trying to save someone's life. Make sure that what happened to us, doesn't happen to anyone else. These are the results, and we don't want anyone to feel the pain we did," Hochman said.

The Hochman family provided the funds for the Simulated Impaired Driving Experience car, or S.I.D.N.E. to give people a better understanding of what it feels like to drive drunk.

"We show the car, we show Patsy's picture, and the jail. Hopefully, we reinforce the message of how devastating it can be to kill someone," Hochman said.

"Please don't do it, because it ruins people's lives. I just can't believe it, you can feel the loss," Holmes said.

Many say it's an effective exhibit that can prevent people from losing a loved one in a crash that could've easily been prevented.