MADD Holds Awareness Walk in Bakersfield

Since 1980, the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving has held the goal of reducing deaths related to drunk driving. They have been largely successful, reducing the numbers of fatalities attributed to DUI by nearly half. Still, there is much work to do to bring numbers even lower. Bakersfield Now reports on a walk the organization took part in to shed light on drunk driving in local communities.

This past Saturday, MADD held a walk in Bakersfield, California to raise awareness about problems with driving under the influence in local communities.

The run worked to present some hopefully sobering statistics regarding the prevalence of DUI. So far, 17 people have lost their lives in crashes involving a driver who was charged with driving under the influence. Further, there are nearly 11 DUI arrests daily in Kern County. They also advocate that driving under the influence is a crime that is entirely preventable.

The walk also helped to raise money to benefit local survivors and victims of DUI incidents. In the past 3 years, the group has used such events to raise over $250,000 to the benefit of the aforementioned people.

The event in Kern County has grown every year, which a spokesperson for Kern County MADD shows people are behind them in preventing this crime.

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