Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) is sponsoring its annual three mile walk on Saturday, April 24th. It will start at the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas at 8:30 a.m. and will be a fun way to raise money for this great cause.

Also, students at KD Studio, an acting school in Dallas, are performing in an original multi-media production called “Beyond the Shock – Working Through Tragedy” that they wrote to help them deal with the death of two of their classmates nearly killed in a wreck caused by a drunk driver and to raise public awareness of this critical problem. The performances are on April 15-17 and April 22-24. Call 214-638-0484 for ticket information. All proceeds are being donated to MADD.

I believe strongly in what MADD is doing to combat drunk driving.

I am also a big believer in the value of physical exercise and just got back from the Victory Against Violence 5K in Fort Worth, which I helped sponsor, to cheer for the children from the school I adopted, Rufino Mendoza Elementary.

To support both causes, if you are walking or would like to attend the performance, please call my office and I will contribute to your fund rasing for MADD or pay for your ticket to the show .

It is horrifying that 1,269 people were killed in Texas in alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2008, with 245 dying here in North Texas.

At a press conference today, Dallas Police Chief David Kunklesaid that people who drink and drive are a major risk to other motorists. “For most of us, the greatest danger we face is from the DWI threat,” he said.

Registration information and other details about the April 24 walk are at www.walklikemadd.org.

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