Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Kansas City, Mo., is hosting it’s 2nd annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser on Saturday, June 11, 2016.
Victims, survivors of impaired driving crashes, and other supporters will come together for a 5k walk not only in remembrance of lost loved ones, but also to influence change and commit to a nation with no more victims. Walk Like MADD events are being held in over 80 cities across the country this year.
“Walk Like MADD will raise mission-critical funds to help save lives in our hometown,” said Leann Lewis, MADD volunteer. “I’m walking in memory of my dad, Melvin Briggs, killed by a repeat drunk driving offender in 2008.”
Last year, there were 7,620 alcohol related car crashes in Kansas and Missouri, causing 307 fatalities due to drunk driving. Nationwide, about 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every year.
Law enforcement members, persecutors, and members of the community will also be taking park in the walk.
“At Dollar, Burns & Becker, our caring doesn’t stop with our cases. We are strongly committed to our community, and are honored to support Walk Like MADD in its efforts to end drunk driving,” said Tim Becker, Dollar, Burns & Becker attorney. “Through events like Walk Like MADD, we are raising awareness about the consequences in an effort to make it a thing of the past.”
The funds raised through Walk Like MADD will help further MADD’s lifesaving mission and Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Drivers, which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for developing advanced technology to turn cars into the cure for drunk driving.
Registration for the walk opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Theis Park at Oak and 47th Street in Kansas City. A walk ceremony will follow at 9:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. Registration cost is $20 for ages 5-18 and $25 for those 21 and over.
For more information or to register, visit www.walklikemadd.org/kansascity.