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Mothers Against Drunk Driving rally to stop 'preventable' deaths

Walk Like MADD event to be held Saturday morning
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Posted at 9:05 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-04 23:05:16-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Mothers Against Drunk Driving, commonly known as MADD will hold its annual walk in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.

"On average, two out of three people will be impacted by drunk driving in their lifetime," the organization said. "Every 2 minutes, someone is injured in a drink driving crash and every day, 28 people are killed by drunk driving."

"Walk Like MADD" is the organization's signature fundraiser event to help raise awareness and funds to eliminate drunk and drugged driving.

Opening ceremonies for the walk will take place at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs at 9 in the morning.

The official "step off" will happen at 9:30 a.m.

Attendees must register my 5 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2019.

"We hope that you and thousands of others will rally together in over 90 cities around the the nation," the organization said.

According to statistics provided by the agency, over 820,000 victims have been served by MADD offices nationwide.

"Funds raised through 'Walk Like MADD' events allow MADD staff and volunteers to provide emotional support and assistance with medical and legal struggles that follow a drunk driving crash," the organization said.

Other benefits and goals include:

-Supporting law enforcement who work to keep roads safe

-Working with state and local legislators to adopt tougher laws, including requiring ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders

"The CSPD team is participating in the Colorado Springs Walk Like MADD to raise mission critical funds for Mothers Aagainst Drunk Driving to put an end to the 100 percent preventable crimes of drunk and drugged driving," the department said.

MADD also supports drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local MADD victim advocates. They can be reached 24/7 at 1-877-MADD-HELP.

To register for the upcoming walk, click here.