The “Light of Hope” ceremony will feature a special time of testimony given by MADD chapter members whose life has been changed forever by the actions of a drunk driver. Also, Valerie Cox, executive director of MADD Louisiana will deliver a message.
The local chapter reports that statistics show there are many people in and around St. Mary Parish who have been directly affected by a drunk driver. At one time, the parish led the state with a 100 percent annual statistic of alcohol-related fatalities; in one calendar year all traffic fatalities that occurred inside this parish were the direct result of someone who chose to drink and drive.
Families have been torn apart; lives have been lost; debilitating injuries prevail; not to mention the high cost of automobile insurance and medical expenses. For these reasons and more, the local MADD Chapter is joining cities and towns across America to promote the National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month Campaign, an initiative of the National Highway Safety Commission.
Featured at the “Light of Hope” ceremony will be a solemn time of recognition and remembrance for all of those who have been affected by a drunk driver. The MADD Chapter encourages any and everyone who life has been changed by a drunk driving crash to attend and light a candle in honor or memory of their loved one.
The annual event is open to the public. St. Mary Parish MADD president Thelma Liner and vice- president the Rev. Robert Purvey encourage everyone to attend.