Drunk driving course for teens has deadly funding
In Los Angeles, California, the Coroner’s Office supports a program for teen drivers that includes a visit to the morgue. Funds for the course are raised through sales from an attached gift shop named “Skeletons in the Closet.”
Twenty years ago a secretary at the morgue noticed the T-shirts and mugs that were given out at forensic conferences. She started selling them with the coroner’s logo from her desk and eventually expanded her inventory and space to a small shop.
Items available include undertaker boxer shorts, body bags, yellow crime scene tape, toe tags, sweatshirts, notepads and pens–all with the coroner’s logo. Annual sales have exceeded $250,000. The shop draws tour guides and visitors from Asia and Europe. A popular item is the $30.00 beach towel with a life-size body outline.
Other jurisdictions across the country also include a trip to the morgue as a reality check for teen offenders. A term of probation or part of a diversion program may also include a shift at your local emergency room. Find out more about juvenile DUIs.