Last year El Paso County had 29 DUI-related deaths, which is more than any other county in Colorado.
Now, local college students are raising money for victims of drugged and drunk driving crashes. They’re teaming up with MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, to help those impacted.
The three-week student-led fundraising campaign kicked off Monday at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
It’s all part of Smart Move UCCS, created three years ago by the Persistent Drunk Driver Committee of Colorado.
As part of the campaign, students are asking everyone to visit the Smart Move UCCS Facebook page and share a post on the matter. For every share, a dollar will donated to MADD victim services in El Paso County.
Students who spoke to FOX21 said there is no excuse for driving while impaired.
“They really have to think, is it worth potentially ruining my own life, someone else’s life, and being in all this debt, just because I need to get home a little quicker?” UCCS student Daniel Kriner said.
Fran Lanzer, state executive director of MADD Colorado, said he knows the pain of this loss. Two of his friends were killed by a drugged driver.
“It’s tough to even have words for the experience,” Lanzer said. “I never expected that it would happen to somebody I knew.”
The community and students have until the end of April to share the Smart Move UCCS Facebook post. Students are hoping to get 5,000 shares.