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M.A.D.D. honors law enforcement, drunk driving victims

DUI
Posted at 11:48 PM, Jan 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-26 14:39:57-05

MOULTRIE, Ga. (WTXL)--Nineteen year old Joshua Pritchett was killed in a drunk driving accident on September 17, 2010. It's a day his little sister will never forget.

"My brother was taking his girlfriend home and he had pulled over to the side of the ditch to get a jacket out of his truck and the drunk driver hit him and hit his truck," said Dakota Baker.

The driver was sentenced to prison, while Baker turned to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

"It makes me represent my brother so that he is never forgotten," said Baker.

She is now a part of M.A.D.D.'s national teen influencer group.

She travels and although it can be difficult for her to share her story, she hopes to inspire people her age to not get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Baker was honored Saturday for all her efforts at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving South Georgia's 6th annual recognition banquet.

Awards were also presented to law enforcement officers with the highest number of DUI arrests.

"In 2012, 300 people are dead because of alcohol," said Harris Blackwood, the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. "There's communities here in south Georgia that don't even have 300 people. Go look at that community and wipe of everybody there."

"Whatever you do don't drink and drive," said Baker.