TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. - It's Labor Day weekend and many of you may choose celebrate the holiday with spirits. This holiday, law enforcers are out in full force, cracking down on people who drink alcohol, then get behind the wheel.
Losing a loved one because of a drunk driver is a pain Linda Unfried lives with everyday. She's the president of Hillsborough County Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Her sister was killed by a teenage drunk driver almost 3 decades ago.
"Her death was a ripple effect. Not just our family, but outside people as well. Even the tow truck driver who came and took her car. I heard from him," Unfried said.
Temple Terrace police are making DUI enforcement their top priority this weekend. Officers are joining law enforcement agencies across the country for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
David Muldrow with the Temple Terrace Police Department is patrolling the streets tonight.
"We get a lot of drunk drivers who are unaware of the safety hazards of them, you know, not be able to be aware of their surroundings or other people driving around on the road and it creates a real safety hazard."
That's why Unfried wants people to learn from the tragedy she's had to endure, hoping she can reach at least one person this holiday weekend.
"It's a horrible, horrible death and it's a horrible crash and it changes your life forever."
Officials with MADD say two years ago, Hillsborough County ranked 2nd in the state for DUI crashes, injuries and deaths. They say if you do plan to drink, the key is to be responsible and make plans with a designated driver before you take that first sip.
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