Tucson woman wants you to hear her story before you drink and drive

Tucson woman wants you to hear her story before you drink and drive

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The holiday season is upon us and one Tucson woman wants people to remember the dangers of drunk driving.

In 2016, nearly 25 percent of fatalities in Arizona involved impaired or drunk driving. Advocates say the issue tears apart families, leaving behind deep voids.

Jamie Leon-Guerrero knows the feeling all too well. Her partner Kris Chambers was killed by an impaired driver back in 2014.

Chambers was on her usual morning bicycle ride when she was hit by a car near the intersection of Speedway and Main. She was killed instantly.

Leon-Guerrero said it's a day that will haunt her forever in more ways than one. She was working as a 911 dispatcher at the time and took the initial call of the crash.

Now, more than three years later, Leon-Guerrero spends much of her time advocating against drunk driving by sharing her story. She volunteers for the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

She recently took to social media to remind people of the dangers as we approach major holidays. She said it's important to get the word out.

"Maybe one person will be listening, and maybe one person will remember, and make that better choice, and it's that one person that I hope is watching today, and makes the choice to not drink and drive and not drive impaired or to be the designated driver," she said.

She hopes people remember her story as they make plans during the holiday season.

"It's about having that plan and having a designated driver or calling Uber or calling your mom or calling your best friend, because instantly someone's bad choice can change your life, and not just your life, the life of the person that you killed and life of the person who loved that person you killed," she said.

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