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MSP, state agencies tackling drunk driving

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“My wife began screaming, not my babies, not my babies,” said Ron Mayes.

Mayes’s two daughters, Heather and Shannon Mayes, were killed in a car accident.

“How do you tell your wife and 11 year old daughter that their two daughters, two older sisters were dead?” Mayes said.

Shannon came home from college to help her little sister Heather get ready for her homecoming dance in 2000.

On their way home, their car was struck by a drunk driver, killing them both.

“I'm sure that the drunk driver that killed our daughters did not mean to kill Shannon and Heather. But they are still gone and we miss them every day,” Mayes said. “The driver was the same age as Shannon when it happened, 20 years-old. He spent the day drinking and watching football, and no one stopped him from getting in his car.”

Because of countless stories like this, the Michigan State Police and more than 150 other law enforcement agencies in Michigan are teaming up to crackdown on drunk driving.

“It really hits home that it could happen to anyone, it could happen to you,” said Melody Kindraka, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

Starting Tuesday, you will see an increased number of police cars, specifically trained to watch for drunk driving.

The crackdown is beginning at this time because, with events like spring break, St. Patrick’s Day and the NCAA tournaments, drunk driving is increased at this time of year.

“We look at the crash data and see an increase and that's why we have extra patrol on the roads,” Kindraka said.

Mayes said he hopes this crackdown prevents other families from going through what his had to.

“What do we dads do? We fix things. Have Dad look at it,” Mayes said. “This is one thing, one very big thing that I cannot fix.”

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