Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

An event marking Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s first National Day of Remembrance to honor those who have been killed or injured in drunken or drugged driving crashes will be held Thursday at the Toyota USA Automotive Museum in Torrance.

The event also honors those killed or injured as a result of underage drinking and those who have been emotionally devastated by drunken or drugged driving and underage drinking, according to MADD National President Colleen Sheehey-Church.

There will be a moment of silence at the Torrance event, followed by a news conference intended to raise awareness of MADD victim services and “to let victims know that they always have a place at MADD,” said Debbie Weir, MADD’s national CEO, who is scheduled to attend the news conference.

“We have a saying at MADD, ‘You Always Have a Place,”‘ Weir said. “When a loved one is killed because of this violent and completely preventable crime, a place setting at the family table may be empty, but that person will always have a place in our hearts.

“By hosting a National Day of Remembrance, we’re letting victims and survivors know that they are not alone. That their pain and suffering has not been forgotten. And that those impacted and those injured from drunk or drugged driving will always have a place at MADD.”

The National Day of Remembrance is being held to mark MADD’s 35th anniversary.

“Over 10,000 people every year are killed and another 290,000 are injured as a result of drunk driving,” said Sheehey-Church, whose 18-year-old son Dustin was killed in an underage drunken and drugged driving crash.

“Countless loved ones are left behind to cope with these tragedies and rebuild their lives. MADD’s National Day of Remembrance is a chance for communities across the nation to come together and offer support and comfort to those who need it during the holidays and beyond.”

—City News Service

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