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Program looks to avoid Kanawha DUI deaths at proms, graduations

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- No prom night or graduation night deaths in eight years. Kanawha County wants to keep it that way.

County officials kicked off the eighth year of Operation Graduation Prom Alive (GPA) Thursday, a joint law enforcement effort to patrol prom night and graduation night at each of the county's high schools in hopes of preventing drunk driving fatalities.

The Kanawha County Commission allocates $15,000 every year to fund the overtime wages for the officers who conduct the patrols and set up DUI checkpoints.

"We support this program 1,000 percent," Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy said during a press conference Thursday at the county Metro 911 headquarters. "I can't think of anything we're going to do more important than this."

Reach Zac Taylor at zachary.taylor@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.


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