BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern County came together Saturday morning at the Park at River Walk to support victims of DUI crashes, call for an end of drunk and drugged driving. At the 7th Annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash, the virtual event raises over $42,000 for local programs.
Since 2009, our community has seen at least 4,000 DUI arrests made each year, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office – nearly 12 DUI arrests per day. Kern County ranks worst in the state for DUI crashes resulting in injuries, and second-most in the United States.
Statewide, MADD raised over $1.6 million during the virtual event.
23ABC's own Jessica Harrington took part in the event, winning the Fastest Female category.
Presented by the local law firm Chain | Cohn | Stiles, the local event was also supported by Chevron, Valley Strong Credit Union, Clinica Sierra Vista, Kern County Prosecutors Association, Good Samaritan Hospital, Sally Herald Accountancy Inc., and others.