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Funeral Homes' Offer Sends Anti-DUI Message

December 29, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

For revelers determined to drink and drive on New Year's Eve, a group of Southern funeral homes is offering a sobering incentive to think again: free burial service if they die as a result of driving drunk.

In an effort to drive home the dangers of drinking and driving, six funeral homes in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina will pay for the coffin, embalming and burial of people who sign up for their New Year's offer.

"We hope [the offer] makes people stop and think," said Dan Ewton, owner of Ewton Funeral Home in Dunlap, Tenn.

The offer was started by Barry Miller, a former Rome, Ga., funeral home director, after a family member was killed by a drunk driver.

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