Mothers Against Drunk Driving to host 5K walk to raise awareness of impaired driving

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host a 5K to raise awareness of impaired driving.

Wabash Valley residents David and Dawn Vasquez worked alongside MADD to organize the event.

The couple lost their son, Shawn Vasquez, to a drunk driver last July.

“A lot of people in town knew Shawn and he knew everybody too. If he knew you, you were his friend. He was a larger than life kid that loved to live life to the fullest,” says Dawn Vasquez.

The event will be in Shawn’s memory. As the Vasquez family remembers their lost loved one, they hope that no other family goes through a similar pain.

“We are doing this in Shawn’s memory. We don’t want other people to experience this. We want people to know that there are people to turn to in cases like this,” says David Vasquez.

Pam Kelshaw, MADD Victim Service Specialist, says that impaired driving is still a big issue in our state.

“Everyday twenty nine people are killed by an impaired driver. Every two minutes somebody is injured by an impaired driver. And we share the road with over 300,000 impaired drivers everyday,” says Kelshaw.

This is the first Walk Like MADD ever in Terre Haute. The events aims to bring awareness, but the ultimate goal is to eliminate impaired driving completely.

 “We want to support victims, but our main goal if for there to be no more victims,” says Dawn Vasquez.

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