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Mothers Against Drunk Driving kick off their Red Ribbon Campaign against drunk driving. This, after a woman now faces several charges in a car crash Thursday night in the Town of Wallkill that injured her three children. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny has more.
WALLKILL, N.Y. -- A scary scene Thursday night in the Town of Wallkill, a car crashes into a pole with three young children inside. And Police now believe their mother was driving that car under the influence of narcotics.
"It appears the operator's ability to operate the vehicle was impaired by illegal narcotics," said Chief Robert Hertman, Town of Wallkill Police Department.
Police say Heather Linguanti, 27, is facing a series of charges after crashing her SUV into a pole on Tower Drive. Three children in the car, ages four, six, and seven, were all injured, two of children suffered serious head and pelvic injuries, and had to be airlifted to Westchester Medical Center.
According to police, none of them were wearing seatbelts, and were not secured in child seats.
"This is a very tragic incident and are our thoughts and prayers are with the young victims and we all wish for their speedy recovery," said Chief Hertman.
It's this type of incident one group is fighting so hard to prevent.
"There's nothing more important than a life and that beer and alcohol is not more important," said Debby Pulisi, Victim of DWI Fatality.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving kick off their Red Ribbon Campaign against drunk driving Friday. More than 60,000 red ribbons are being handed out by toll collectors on the thruway across the state over the next couple of days. The campaign is meant to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving.
"If you're going to drink get a non-drinking designated driver because I know from my own experience if effects your life forever, and it effects many, many people one life, one life, please don't drink and drive," said Pulisi.
Linguanti faces three counts of felony DWI under Leandra's Law, one count of misdemeanor DWI, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She's was also cited for thirteen vehicle and traffic law violations.
"Orange County Stop DWI program officers from this department perform proactive DWI patrols, so we do see a lot of it but we do put our best foot forward to try and curb it the best we can," said Chief Hertman.