More Texans are killed by drunk drivers than any other state

More Texans are killed by drunk drivers than any other state

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lanae Gwin's husband was killed by a drunk driver in November 2017.

"My goal is if I can save one life, even one life, it will be worth it. I don't want anyone to ever go through the pain of what we've gone through with this tragedy," she said.

Gwin said the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Memorial Walk honors people's lives that were senselessly taken, but serves as a reminder to others of the dangers that can occur.

"Our main goal is to get awareness out to people that drinking, even a small amount, and driving they never mix," she said. "I'm not saying don't drink, what I'm saying is call an Uber, call a cab, call a friend, call a family member, never get behind the wheel when you are drinking."

More people are killed in Texas by impaired drivers than any other state in the U.S. Lead Victim Specialist Dawn Bevan said the numbers are staggering.
    
"You know, about one person every hour is killed. So just while we're here at this walk today for three of four hours, that's three or four lives that are lost in this state," she said.

She believes impaired driving is preventable. She said by changing the mindset of society the number of deaths could drop.

"Just plan ahead for a sober ride home. So, get an Uber or a taxi, make a plan. Get a group of friends, you can pitch in and share a ride together. But make sure you have a designated driver to get you home safely," she said.

Gwin said families are impacted by drunk driving, long after the crash. MADD provides support groups for those struggling with grief. 

"It's a hard way to have to meet friends but the friends we meet there are forever our friends because we all have the same grief, we're on the same grief journey," she said. "And we've all lost a family member to a tragic, very avoidable accident." 

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