Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 15, 2013

Walk Like MADD scheduled for October 19 in Gun Barrel City Pavilion

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

Athens — The 2013 Walk Like MADD event is scheduled for Oct. 19 at the Gun Barrel City Pavilion.

The 5K route will travel around the GBC park walking path. The event will also feature guest speakers and displays by survivors.

WALK like MADD is Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s signature walk event. In more than 60 cities around the nation, thousands of people will participate in 5K events to celebrate creating a brighter future without drunk driving and underage drinking.

"It is important work," said event chairman Jeff Weinstein of Athens. "For almost 30 years, I have devoted my life to helping accident victims recover from their injuries, both physical and emotional. In that time, I have seen many unfortunate events, most of which could have been avoided, if not for the carelessness of another."

There were more than 1,200 DUI deaths in Texas in 2012, which accounted for 40 percent of all traffic deaths in the state for the year.

"It is obvious we need to keep proclaiming the MADD message against drinking and driving," said Weinstein.

Please help make a stand against drinking and driving. Check out the Walk Like MADD website to sign up to walk, make a donation, or be a sponsor. It may be cliche, but the life you save may be your own.