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Updated: 8/07/2014 8:19 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA)-- Sherrel Clark knows first hand the pain of losing a loved one.

“I’ve had four immediate family members, three different generations, two separate crashes with the same outcome and that was funeral,” said Clark.

In 1988, Clark's brother was hit and killed by a drunk driver, and then in 2006 Clark's 20 year old daughter, who was pregnant with twins, was hit head on by a drunk driver.

"It took about a year and a half to get out of the fetal position and take the tiniest little breath and then I decided I have to either get up and do something, are stay like this and just wait to quite breathing and so I decided I would do something,” said Clark.

Clark now works with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and on Thursday, she shared her story with members of law enforcement during the kickoff event for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Sherman Police Chief, Joel Spellins, serves as the Troop F, LEL Coordinator.

“We are not out there just to write tickets. We are trying to change a mindset of people. We are trying to keep people alive. It’s not a ticket writing campaign- it’s a life saving campaign," said Spellins.

According to Chief Spellins, Lee County is ranked 9th highest in the state for alcohol related fatalities. Which is one reason why Spellins says this campaign is so important.

“It’s a problem everywhere. And this campaign is actually a nationwide campaign, every agency in the country is being asked to participate.”

Clark shared this message to anyone considering drinking and driving.

"If you do decide you are the good drunk driver and you are going to do it anyway, just be sure to kiss your mother goodbye because it might not happen this time but you are getting closer to the time that it will happen."

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign runs from the 15th of August through the 1st of September.
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