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MADD Texas Volunteer Leads Drunk Driving Prevention Effort at Wild West Brewfest

HOUSTON – Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is proud to host the Designated Driver booth at the Wild West Brewfest in Katy, Texas, from November 11 through November 13.

Carol Levin’s 28-year-old son Todd and his 31-year-old girlfriend Raylynn Healy were killed by a drunk driver who ran a red light going 85 mph in a 35 mph zone in Houston.

The booth, started by MADD Texas 10 years ago and organized by MADD volunteer Carol Levin, shares the lifesaving message “If you drink, don’t drive,” to attendees of the annual event. Levin, whose son Todd and his girlfriend Raylynn were killed by a drunk driver in Houston on Sept. 26, 2006, is a dedicated and tireless voice for victims across the state of Texas and nationwide.

“Since we started the booth, many events have followed to keep everyone safe,” Levin said. “Do not drink and drive – now, there is publicity on the radio, a video and constant information all over Katy and beyond, thanks to the Wild West Brewfest providing space for us to remind everyone to designate a non-drinking, unimpaired driver to keep themselves and everyone around them safe.”

Drunk driving is the leading cause of death on America’s roads, killing more than 10,000 people every year. One out of every 10 people killed in alcohol-related crashes die on Texas roads.

“In Texas, 37% of all traffic deaths were caused by someone’s choice to drive while impaired by alcohol,” Levin said. “That’s why we are fighting so hard to eliminate drunk driving forever.”

Levin is part of a historic advocacy effort by victims and survivors of drunk and drugged driving who have joined together to push for a federal law that would virtually end drunk driving. The law would require advanced technology in all new vehicles to detect impaired drivers and disable their cars. The legislation is included in the massive Infrastructure Bill that has passed the U.S. Senate and awaits a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives.

For more information about the legislation, visit madd.org/HALTAct.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save more than 400,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.

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