According to the CDC, every day close to 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes due to an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

A week doesn't go by at The Russo Firm that we don't deal with someone who is a victim of a catastrophic injury. Many times those injuries are due to a motor vehicle crash caused by a drunk driver. That is only one of the many reasons that we at The Russo Firm are so committed to the cause of MADD.

This past weekend, our law firm was a presenting sponsor at the MADD Florida State Law Enforcement Recognition & Training day - and what a day it was!

During the course of the event, we had several speakers. One was a rather emotional presentation by Bree Ann Camacho. Her 13-year-old sister, Kaylee, was killed by a drunk driver in 2012. The driver of the SUV that ended her sister's life was found hiding from the authorities in a field. Her blood-alcohol level? Three times the legal limit! Bree, as well as others that were in the car were also injured. Personal stories like this are always gut wrenching but necessary to remind us of why we do what we do.

We also heard from Debbie Weir, CEO of MADD. She talked about the importance of the organization's mission, where they've been and where they are going.

We were also proud that our very own Anthony J. Russo Jr.  had the opportunity to also make a few remarks at the event. Louis took a few moments to thank everyone for their involvement in MADD and called attention to the synergy and passion that everybody present shared for putting an end to drunk driving.

All of this was followed up with an award ceremony in which many people, in various categories of law enforcement, were recognized for their work.

We would like to thank MADD, our various law enforcement agencies in South Florida, our first responders and all who wage this daily battle to end the scourge of drunk driving. We are in this together and we are making a difference.

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