It was May 3, 1980. 13-year-old Cari Lightner was simply walking through her neighborhood on her way to a church carnival not too far from her home. The car was coming at such incredible speed she didn't have time to move nor did she even see it. Behind the wheel of the car that struck her was a drunk driver who had briefly fallen asleep at the wheel. He was also a repeat offender! Her body was thrown 125 feet and she was killed almost instantly. On May 7th,  four days after the tragedy Cari’s mother Candy along with several other women started an organization that has been advocating against drunk drivers since that fateful day. That organization is better known as MADD which stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This courageous mother wrote later, ""I promised myself on the day of Cari's death that I would fight to make this needless homicide count for something positive in the years ahead."

Today MADD is known virtually around the world for its tireless advocacy to rid society of drunk driving. At The Russo Firm we have witnessed the results first hand of an accident involving a drunk driver. While many people like Candy Lightner’s daughter tragically lose their lives, there are countless others who become victims of a catastrophic injury.

Having handled hundreds of legal cases for those who been injured or killed by a drunk driver, spent time with the families, and witnessed firsthand the tragedy that this issue has invoked on so many we are extremely passionate about MADDs mission. That's why we are presenting sponsors of the upcoming MADD Florida State Law Enforcement Recognition and Training day. It will take place on August 1 & 2. Scholarships have been awarded, leaders will be recognized and there will be training sessions throughout the two days.

Recognition categories include: DUI Enforcement (individuals and agencies), Community Prevention Education, BUI Prevention and Enforcement and recognition for Breath Technicians. There will also be plenty of presentations including, Examination of a DUI Marijuana case from the road, to the lab, to the courtroom; Marijuana and Driving: Trials and Tribulations; and, Death Notification: Delivering the News with Compassion.

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