More than half of the accident on New Years Day comes from alcohol related crashes.
According to the Department of Transportation, more than 10,000 people died on roads nationwide because of impaired drivers. That’s 30% of all accidents.
While some costs can be recovered, one local mother paid the ultimate price.
“I lost my only 2 sons in a car crash on October 6, 1990. They were both drunk,” said Jerry Mudge. “We did not see the accident, we went by it. It had been raining for weeks. We saw traffic backed up and got home and saw it on the 11 p.m. news.”
Mudge says her 2 sons and another friend were driving drunk on I-77.
“They were going to Carowinds but because of the rain and blurred vision, he got into the median so when he got out, his car hydroplaned and that’s when a tractor trailer hit him 65 mph,” said Mudge.
She says she prayed to God to give her cancer after the devastating wreck so she could be with her boys.
“After I found it, I asked for their autopsy. I didn’t know they were drunk. When I got the results and they were drunk, then I started working with MADD to save other parents’ children,” said Mudge.
But she says she turned her grief to help others and started Footprints Ministries where she speaks to thousands of kids to warn parents about DWIs.
“It changed my life. I don’t want another mother to have to bury her child,” said Mudge.
Last year in North Carolina, it cost the state $2 billion because of DWI costs.
If you do get a DWI, your auto insurance can quadruple and you can pay thousands of dollars in fees, and even have your license revoked.
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