BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign begins Labor Day weekend, and one woman who lost her fiance to drunk driving is speaking out.
Shelby Strong lost her fiancé and the father of her child three years ago.
Labor Day Weekend is considered to be the 4th most dangerous holiday to travel on the road.
Louisiana State Police troopers responded to the call around 1:05 am off of Highway 84 at Frogmore Plantation.
“I was laying in Bed with Miles,” Strong said. “And I got a call.”
Strong quickly dropped off her children at their grandmother’s house to go find Cody. According to reports, the preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Hyundai, driven by a female, crossed the center line and crashed into a group of motorcyclists.
As a result, two of the motorcycles that were following the group collided with each other, and Cody was ejected.
Strong says law enforcement couldn’t find him.
“They didn’t know where he was,” she said.
Cody was found off the side of the road in a ditch, stuck between two vehicles.
“They knew as soon as they pick the car up. He would bleed out. The only thing that was holding him together was the car,” Strong said.
The impaired driver was responsible for killing Cody. She also injured six others, including one who lost her leg. The driver was found to be drinking and taking pills on her way to another bar, according to official reports.
Affiliate Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Sunny House works with mothers who have lost their children, or in this case, a mother who lost her fiancé.
“You have a two-ton weapon, in your presence, it is a crime and it’s 100% preventable,” House said.
Strong says that her son is now three years old. He’s starting to talk and see’s other kids at school with a father figure, he now questions his mom about his dad.
“He’s getting to the age where, ok, when can I see my dad,” Strong said.
Baton Rouge Police Officer Sergeant L’Jean McKneely said on Labor Day Weekend BRPD will be enforcing the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign. He says anything above a 0.08 will put you in handcuffs.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, and several other local law enforcement agencies, will also be increasing patrols over the Labor Day weekend.
According to House, MADD will be hosting their 2022 Louisiana Walk-like MADD event. It is their signature fundraiser event to help raise both awareness and funds to eliminate drunk driving. The event will be held in Baton Rouge to help create a future of no more victims.
If you’re interested in attending the event, click here.