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MADD Kicks Off Awareness Campaign

Mothers Against Drunk Driving of East Texas kicked off its 2nd annual Tie One On For Safety campaign today. The campaign takes place during a time, statistics show tends to be the most deadly, the holidays.  

Greg Brown was 26 years old when he was hit and killed by a drunk driver two years ago in Upshur County.

"It was a rainy night," said Mary Ann Brown, Greg's mother.  "When he came up over the hill, the driver of the other car was in his lane. The lady was over twice the legal limit." Brown says she shares her story to bring awareness to a problem that she says is 100 percent preventable.  

"This could happen to you at anytime," said Brown. "It could be someone you love, a child, your wife, your grandparents. Be aware that these things happen and we need to take notice."

"More than a thousand people nationally are killed during the Thanksgiving holiday through New Years in drunk driving crashes," said Vicki Knox, MADD's Executive Director. MADD's Tie One On For Safety campaign exists because of people like Brown and Jack Bouslog. Bouslog lost his son William to a drunk driver in 2000.  He now builds crosses for MADD.

"I just do it as a voluntary effort to MADD, so people can know someone has lost their life for no reason," said Jack Bouslog, who lost son to drunk driver. Both Bouslog and Brown say they hope everyone displays a red ribbon this holiday season because its going to take the entire community to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

"If we don't do something now, if we don't do something to stop educate people, if we don't do something to stop the habitual offenders on the road, more and more innocent lives are going to be taken by drunk drivers," said Brown. The Tie One On For Safety campaign starts Thanksgiving and goes until New Years Day.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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