Hundreds Walk to End Drunk Driving in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, California (Sept. 23, 2017) --Nearly 800 people raised roughly $75,000 at this year's Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash fundraiser held Saturday at the Park at River Walk at Stockdale Highway.
The event honors the many victims and survivors of traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers here in Bakersfield and throughout California where more than 1,000 are killed and 16,000 injured in DUI crashes annually. In Bakersfield there are typically about 11 arrests for DUI every day and last year there was 4,056 arrests made in 2016, according to the Kern County District Attorneys Office.
Many of the people who attended Saturday's walk were survivors of drunk driving crashes, their parents or family members as well as friends and co-workers of victims.  Those directly impacted by a drunk driver wore red T-shirts and others wore shirts or carried signs with photographs of their loved ones lost to this preventable crime.
The Bakersfield Track Club was one of the sponsors of this year's walk. They organized a large group of competitors for the 5K and 10K running competition. There was also a kids fun run this year complete with super hero capes for the little ones. Results from the races can be found on the track club's website.

 "Sadly every year there are new families here mourning their loved ones or taking steps to heal from their own injuries," said Attorney James Johnson, a longtime MADD supporter. "We can only hope that eventually raising awareness will put an end to these tragedies."

Johnson Attorneys Group was one of many sponsors who supported the walk this year. The personal injury and lemon law firm raffled off four tickets to Disneyland to one lucky winner.
For more about MADD and their programs to support victims of drunk driving, contact them at 877-ASK-MADD. All the proceeds from this fundraiser go directly back to the Kern County community.
For answers to legal questions or to speak with Attorney James Johnson, contact Johnson Attorneys Group at 800-235-6801.

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