Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an organization that tries to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving. With New Year's Eve celebrations approaching, representatives from the organization say drunk driving is just something they cannot tolerate.
"We literally got mad because we had some teenagers that were killed for no apparent reason except that they were driving or riding with someone who had been drinking," explains Pam Vance.
Pam Vance is a member of Lauderdale County's Chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Driving. She wants to remind people that drinking and driving are not two things to do together and are not permitted by the law.
"You want them to be aware that this is a crime. That it's not two combinations that are going to mesh and you've just got to take responsibility."
Personal responsibility; that's what Vance says is required when drinking. But if you decide to drink and drive, you are pulling other people into the mix.
"If you're going to drink, that's your choice. If you're going to drive, then that's our business. And that's everybody that you meet on that road, that's their business also. Because about every third person that you meet on a Friday, Saturday, and a Sunday night, routinely have already had their one for the road," says Vance.
Going out can be fun. It's just about planning ahead.
"Make that designated driver. And that's someone who is not going to drink at all. That's not somebody who's going to drink a little bit. So have that person who is going to have that responsibility and care for their friends enough to get them home," encourages Vance.
Officials say two people in Lauderdale County have already been killed this year in drunk driving accidents. Vance doesn't want the upcoming holiday to add to that number.