MADD holds remembrance ceremony for drunk driving victims

CLOVIS, Calif.

It was an emotional night for the families. Each one of them has lost a loved one to a drunk driving crash.

This is the second year MADD Central Valley has held this event. There were 85 names read Sunday night -- that is 85 victims killed by drunk drivers just from here in the Valley.

Yolanda Cuadros lost her 14 year old daughter, Anita, in 2007. Since then she's been actively involved in MADD and the message she's trying to send -- her daughter's death could have easily been prevented.

"One choice changes everything. If you choose to drink and drive there's consequences, and if you choose to not, you're saving lives, you're saving many lives," said Cuadros.

The event is also being hosted by area law enforcement. The heads of several Valley policing agencies were also in attendance Sunday night.

One Fresno Police officer says in his department, officers will maintain a relationship with survivors of these deadly crashes. They help connect families with each other and with MADD.

The families Action News talked with Sunday all say these events are important to help talk about preventing drunk driving crashes -- but also to help them heal.

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