MADD Nevada urges safety during July 4th holiday

Published: Jul. 2, 2019 at 7:57 PM PDT
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Long holiday weekends can be extremely dangerous on our nation's roads. The July 4th holiday weekend is among the deadliest for drunk driving.

"In a heartbeat your life can change by making the wrong choice and not getting into, calling someone getting a designated driver and so it can change your life as well as others so dang quickly," Debbie Zelinski, of

, says.

Zelinski is a victims' advocate and knows this story all too well. She lost her daughter in 1992 in a drunk driving crash.

"It's not worth it, it's not worth it; I live with this every day and it will never stop hurting. And I live with victims every single day and my phone is on 24/7. How sad is that, because I have victims calling me throughout the night; it never stops," she says.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more people are killed in drunk driving crashes in July than in any other month.

"It's so hard to get through the system and it's a lifelong sentence for you and the family. You know I'll never forget and that's why I do what I do," Zelinski says.

Drunk driving remains the leading killer on our roads and these deaths are 100 percent preventable. Zelinski says it's a choice and our responsibility to create a future with no more victims.

There are several options for those celebrating in Northern Nevada, including ride-share programs, RTC, taxis, assigning a designated driver or calling a family member or a friend.

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