Kern County mothers raise awareness about drunken driving

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Hundreds of people laced up their tennis shoes for the second annual Walk like MADD & MADD Dash 5K Awareness Walk at The Park at River Walk on Saturday.

The event aimed to bring the community together to bring awareness about drunk driving and to support local families who have been affected by it.

Ann McCright has been a part of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, MADD, for more than 30 years.

In 1982, McCright's son was hit by a drunk driver. He survived, but is now paralyzed in the right arm. Fifteen years later, his wife was also hit by a drunk driver and was killed instantly.

"It just changes your whole entire life," said McCright. "You are angry. You are crushed. It changes your whole home," she continued.

McCright was at the event along with Carla Pearson, another mother who lost a loved one.

"I needed to do something ... something really good had to come out of something really horrific out of our family's life," said Pearson.

Pearson said all of the money raised at the event will stay in Kern County to help advocate for victims and raise awareness.

"We, as a community, need to get a hold of this, and help each other, and be good neighbors, and good citizens, and help people not get behind the wheel anymore," said Pearson.

For more information about MADD, you can visit their website at

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