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MADD walks to remember victims of drunk driving

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hundreds of San Diegans head to NTC Park in Liberty Station to remember those who lost their lives in incidents involving drunk driving.

The organization -- Mothers Against Drunk Driving -- hosted its annual 5k fundraiser walk this morning.

It's a simple message that unfortunately did not cross the mind of the 1,400 people arrested for DUI in San Diego County this year.

"We, as everybody else here, live with pain in our heart every day."

For Kelly Shafer, the pain of losing her parents to a drunk driving accident 13 years ago hasn't healed. But bringing her children to the annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser is helping.

"If we can prevent somebody from having to suffer the way we have suffered, and all the people here have suffered, that's the goal," she said.

Hundreds who have lost loved ones walked the signature 5k event to raise awareness and money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"There's so many options, this is 100 percent preventable, you don't have to drink and drive."

Kristine Costa's friends are here for her husband, one of more than 40,000 people killed in a drunk driving accident over the last five years.

"Every year we get these shirts made up. In loving memory. And its just a time for our family and friends to get together and remember him and it brings us a sense of comfort.

When the attendees weren't walking with a purpose at NTC Park this morning they were hugging one another for support.

"It helps to be here to remember your daughter."

For the families of Suzana Orozco and Erica Olivia -- these memorials For the young girls killed in a DUI wreck three years ago are uplifting.

"It's always a good feeling to know that they're always remembered in our hearts," Orozco said.

Plenty sheriff's deputies eagerly showed up to spread a message every grieving family member will tell you is the difference between life and death.

"This is a really simple thing. You just don't drink and drive and you don't kill a person and you don't hurt people for the rest of their lives," Shafer said.

The sheriff's department also honored Deputy Ken Collier at the event Saturday. Deputy Collier was killed in 2010 trying to stop a drunk driver going the wrong way on highway 52.

His fiancée has become an advocate against drinking and driving.

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