Drunk driving awareness project coming to Ennis for the Fourth

The Megan’s Car drunk driving awareness project will be on display in Ennis over the Fourth of July to help deter drinking and driving.

The Madison County DUI Taskforce is bringing Megan’s Car to Ennis, said Madison County Undersheriff Roger Thompson.

“It will hopefully be an eye opener for people still considering drinking and driving,” Thompson said.

The car will be parked on Main Street Tuesday and Wednesday and then at the Madison Valley Medical Center through the weekend. It will eventually be moved to Highway 84 in the Bear Trap Canyon for the following weekend, which is the one-year anniversary of the accident that killed 20-year-old Megan Peterson.

Peterson died in the Bear Trap Canyon last year after her car crossed the centerline on Highway 84 and collided head-on with another vehicle. Peterson was intoxicated at the time of the accident and killed instantly.

Her parents donated the vehicle to the Gallatin County DUI Taskforce to use as an educational tool and to promote drunk driving awareness. They requested the vehicle be in the Bear Trap Canyon on the anniversary of their daughter’s death, Thompson said.

Madison County Sheriff’s Department will be stepping up patrols this week in an effort to protect motorists. According to a press release from the department, the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays for drunk driving related deaths.

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