Mother who lost son in drunk driving accident begs people not to drink and drive

Mother who lost son in drunk driving accident begs people not to drink and drive

 TYLER (KYTX)-Tammi Branch knows firsthand how drinking and driving can tear a family apart.

"Getting the phone call that your child has passed away in a crash is the most horrific moment any parent can ever go through," Branch said.

In 2009, Branch lost her 18 year old son to a drunk driving accident.

"From the moment you go to bed to the time you get up and start each day again, your day will never ever be as good as it was before, no matter how hard you try," Branch said.

Before you get behind the wheel this holiday weekend, make sure you are sober and buckled up.

"We try to to partner with different agencies and do enhanced patrols, extra black and white cars on the road. it provides a visual deterrence, a reminder to other motorists that there is lots more attention specifically in those area of DWI, speeders, and seat belt violators," DPS Trooper Jean Dark said.

Trooper Dark says law enforcement officers will be targeting certain areas.

"We typically focus our attention on the area where we have traditionally seen a higher volume of DWI related crashes," Dark said.

Dark says it's not only important to think about yourself when you get behind the wheel.

"We also want to make sure obviously then that you don't drink and drive, that the drivers are taking responsibility for their own actions and the actions of he people that are in the vehicle with them," Dark said.

Branch agrees. She wants people to think before they make that choice.

'People need to know the choices they make drunk or sober are a choice. And when you make that choice to drive drunk you are making the choice to possibly take somebody's life," Branch said.

Trooper Dark says traditionally labor day weekend is one of the year's biggest in terms of traffic violations. She hopes the increased patrols will change that statistic this year.


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