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Mothers Against Drunk Driving hosts 35th annual candlelight vigil

Posted at 11:45 PM, Dec 05, 2019

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. -- Mother's Against Drunk Driving held its annual candlelight vigil on Thursday evening.

It is the longest running MADD Candlelight Vigil in the country. MADD is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to ending drunk driving and supporting victims of this crime.

At the vigil, families lit candles for the loved ones they lost.

"Call somebody, call your mom, call a cab, call an Uber but yet, they choose to continue to do this and this is the consequence," said Tena McCallister.

Tena McCallister's son, Dusin Horne, was killed by an impaired driver in 2018. He left behind a son, who was 8 years old at the time of the crash in Manatee County.

"The emotions are every day. It is a challenge just to keep going because he was our rock. He was everything to our family," said McCallister.

Linda Unfried, co-founder of the MADD Hillsborough County chapter, lost her sister more than three decades ago.

She was killed by an impaired driver in Hillsborough County.

"You worry constantly about your children, your grandchildren because it's not getting any better, it's getting worse," said Unfried.

"We're out there trying to educate and prevent this from happening and it's still happening. We don't understand," said added.

"It boils down to responsibility for each and every one of us. We have to be responsible for ourselves," she sad.

MADD provides support services to nearly one million victims at no charge through a 24-hour help line: 1-877-MADD-HELP.

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