POSTED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — All summer, Baton Rouge Police said they'll be out making sure anyone drinking and driving gets taken off the road. It's all to prevent stories like Rhonda Wilson’s. Her daughter was killed by a drunk driver, preventing her from ever being able to see her daughter walk down the aisle or have children.
“Kenya was pulling into her driveway and the guy came around her and side swiped her. She didn't stand a chance," noted Wilson.
Rhonda lost her daughter in 2007. Now, in Kenya’s honor, she joined MADD to try to get other people to think twice about getting behind that wheel, drunk.
"100 percent of crashes or fatalities are 100 percent preventable," said MADD’s Directors, Floyd Johnson.
Along with the 4th of July comes celebration and drinking, but Wilson says that's no excuse to drive under the influence.
"They are drinking and parting which is fine, that's your choice but they need to be responsible."
So police are doing what they can now to stop those people before someone gets hurt, or even worse.
“We are going to have these patrols out, have checkpoints out, and they will be intense throughout the week - other agencies as well," said Lt. Don Kelly from the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Lt. Kelly has seen far too many of these crashes end horribly.
“Once you've seen that, it changes your attitude and it makes you determined to preventing it from happening again," he said.
If you do have a few drinks and decide to pick up your keys and get behind the wheel, it’s important to remember that the ones most likely affected by your bad decisions are those innocent people on the road. Wilson is just one example of a person who will never be the same because someone decided to drink and drive.
"You don't just destroy the family of the life you have taken, you're destroyed as well," stated Wilson.
But this week, with law enforcement working double time, she feels as if the streets of Baton Rouge might be a little safer.
“That's a blessing that they are doing that. I know for myself it will make me rest a little bit easier as well as the other victims and survivors of drunk driving.”
There were almost two hundred DWI related fatalities during Fourth of July in 2011 across the country.
That's a number police departments don’t want to see again.