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For Immediate Release:
February 07, 2014
Media Contact:
Merci L. Rodriguez
mlr@miamidade.gov
305-375-4835

Commissioner Souto to participate in Walk Like MADD at Tropical Park


MIAMI, FL – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto will join Mothers Against Drunk Driving in the Walk Like MADD 5K Walk, Dash & Festival on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. in Miami. The walk will begin at 7:30 a.m., with a press conference at 9:30 a.m. featuring Commissioner Souto and Patty Cohen, the widow of Miami cyclist Aaron Cohen, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2012 on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

The event will raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and to provide support to victims and survivors. Commissioner Souto will make a $2,000 donation from his district budget to the effort.

“I’m a strong supporter of MADD’s ongoing efforts to make the public aware of how drunk driving destroys lives and families, and I’m committed to helping this worthy organization carry on its great work,” Commissioner Souto said. “We need to continue working to stop the senseless tragedies caused by irresponsible drunk driving.”

According to MADD, there were 697 drunk driving-related deaths in Florida in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

Founded by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking.

For more information about Sunday’s event or to register as a participant, call 305-273-3744.

Who:
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier Souto
Patty Cohen, the widow of Miami cyclist Aaron Cohen
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Dade County
What:
Walk Like MADD 5K Walk, Dash & Festival
When:
February 09, 2014, 7:30 a.m.
Where:
Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd in Miami, FL 33155