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Awareness program gets permanent home

The facility is located at 6378 Gun Club Road. The purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the consequences of driving while intoxicated and employs many visual aids to do so.

The exhibit includes police photos from crashes, a mock jail cell, a body bag, timelines, a shoe display that represents the 590 alcohol-related deaths in New York state in 2007, a video of a DWI fatality and "Fatal Vision Goggles" that simulate what it is like to drive drunk.

Frank said "anything to get the attention of the drunk driver" is a good strategy.

The building was a former dance hall owned by a church. Frank said there is still a cross on the lawn.

"It's a good fit," he said of the building. "We're going to use the cross as a beacon of hope."

He said at the scene of an accident , "you always see crosses, teddy bears and flowers."

Frank is planning on making the facility a community center that can help raise awareness for other issues such as suicide and alcoholism. He is planning on having schools and other organizations come to see the exhibit, and said the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District is sending a group on Friday, Jan. 9.

Frank also said he is planning on setting up regular hours for the center.

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