Walk to Stop Drunk Driving

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The 30-year-old organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving hosts its largest fundraiser of the year, Walk Like MADD, in Raleigh on Saturday, April 9. The community-based 5K walk is aimed at encouraging North Carolinians to walk to save lives.

Participants will stroll through N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus and then learn about safe driving and healthy habits through various interactive demonstrations. The opening ceremony is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m.

“We will have a DWI simulator, carnival games, the seat-belt convincer, inflatables, hopefully a live band, K-9 dog demonstrations and much more,” says Craig Lloyd, the state executive director of MADD. Other educational activities include trying on impairment goggles and blowing into a breathalyzer.

MADD uses the majority of the money collected to support its activities throughout the year. The funds go to law enforcement support and education programs for students in elementary school to college. The school programs touch on topics such as secure driving, the practice of designated drivers and comprehensive safety.

Teams can register online before the day of the event, but walkers also can register at the event. More than 120 volunteers are needed to help with booths, demonstrations and interactive simulations.

Families, teams and individuals can register online at www.WalkLikeMadd.org. Adult registration is $20 and youth registration is $15, which includes a Walk Like Madd T-shirt.

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