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Mothers Against Drunk Driving to honor officers

LIBERTYVILLE – Mothers Against Drunk Driving Illinois is hosting its annual Walk Like MADD event at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville on Aug. 5 to honor those impacted by drunken and drugged driving.

New this year is MADD’s recognition of local law enforcement officers for their DUI enforcement efforts. Victims’ families will also share testimonials honoring their loved ones.

Drunken and drugged driving remains the leading cause of deaths on highways.

In 2016, 10,497 people lost their lives in drunken driving crashes and 290,000 more were injured in the United States. MADD has chosen to honor the men and women who work tireless every day to keep the roads sober and safe.

This year’s honorees include deputies Vincent Sciarrone and Ari Briskman with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department; Officer Robert Robinson from the Round Lake Police Department; and Officer J.R. Nauseda from the Gurnee Police Department.

“This 5K is an important event that not only raises awareness to the dangers of impaired driving, but it also raises valuable funds for victim services, programs, and education in our state,” Sam Canzoneri, state executive director of MADD Illinois, said in a news release.“We are also very proud to acknowledge the exemplary work of law enforcement today and their collective efforts in making our communities a safer place.”

By participating in Walk Like MADD, those already affected and those who never want to be affected can rally together for support and raise funds to put an end to the crimes of drunken and drugged driving.

After the walk, participants can enjoy a reception including light refreshments and raffle prizes with proceeds benefiting MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving.

MADD will also recognize the top individual and team fundraiser.

Participants can form a team or register as an individual at www.walklikemadd.org/illinois or the morning of the walk beginning at 8 a.m.

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