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MADD invites community  to take a walk on Feb. 11

MADD invites community to take a walk on Feb. 11

According to national statistics, 10,839 people were killed in 2010 in drunk-driving crashes; that’s one life lost every 50 minutes.

In an effort to save lives and honor those who have been killed or injured, the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) affiliate of Miami-Dade County is inviting the community to partake in its second annual signature fundraiser, Walk Like MADD, a festival and mini walk for friends and families.

Supported by presenting sponsors Kendall Toyota and Lexus of Kendall, the special event takes place Saturday, Feb. 11, 3-6 p.m., at Evelyn Greer Park in the Village of Pinecrest.

“This community-wide initiative pays tribute to victims and survivors of drunk driving and educates the public about preventing future tragedies,” said Janet Mondshein, executive director of the MADD Miami-Dade Affiliate and event co-chair. “We want to generate more awareness about this violent crime and work collectively to stop it.”

A tug-of-war between local police officers and firefighters will be conducted as well as jaws-of-life and police dog demonstrations. Walk Like MADD also will have music, games and rides for children and teens, a variety of vendors focused on Valentine’s Day and a selection of delectable foods. Participants, encouraged to register in advance, will walk the third of a mile track at Evelyn Greer Park in support of MADD’s mission and in honor and memory of loved ones.

MADD is a not-for-profit grassroots organization that aids victims and families of victims of drunk driving and increases public awareness about this violent crime. MADD serves as a beacon in communities nationwide offering free victim services and providing support to victims as they navigate the judicial process. Officials with MADD additionally work actively with state and local legislators to implement tougher laws against drunk driving and to close loopholes in existing laws. They have created research-based education programs for adults as well as awareness and prevention programs for youth.

Cost to register: $20 for adults; $15 for youth under the age of 21; free for children 5 and under.

For more information or to register, visit online at www.walklikemadd.org/miami or call 305-273-3744.

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  1. Maybe they need to change their name to "Mothers Against Distracted Drivers" to help in the campaign against using cell phones while driving. And how about the 4- or 5-second delay at red lights–that would help cut down on accidents and catch more red light runners