Mothers Against Drunk Driving holds walk to raise awareness on DUI problem

The group MADD held a run on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif., to help raise awareness about growing DUI problem. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

Mothers Against Drunk Driving was out in Bakersfield on Saturday, hosting a walk to raise awareness about DUI problems in local communities.

The group says so far 17 people have died this year from crashes that have involved a driver who was under the influence.

The run was all about presenting locals with the sobering statistics that there are nearly 11 DUI arrest per day in Kern County and that the crime of driving under the influence is preventable.

Proceeds from the walk go to provide support to local victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving crashes, according to MADD.

Over the past three years the group has raised more than $250,000 from local events to help benefit victims of DUI crashes.

“This event keeps growing each year, which shows that Kern County has had enough. Our local residents want safer streets,” said Carla Pearson, victim services specialist for MADD Kern County via a press release. “We hope Kern County will continue alongside us for the next 365 days as we work to prevent this 100 percent preventable crime, and ultimately end drunk and drugged driving.”

If you would like more information about how you can help, you can visit their website.

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