FORT PIERCE, Fla. — An area household is on a mission to spare different households from feeling the ache of shedding a liked one to an impaired driver.
Claudia Trewyn Bradley was killed on Feb. 7 this 12 months by an impaired driver on Indian River Drive, based on Fort Pierce police.
Bradley, a brand new mom, would have been 33-years-old Friday.
Her dad and mom, Melanie and Tim Trewyn, led a group vigil on Claudia’s birthday aiming to encourage change in honor of their daughter.
“I didn’t need her to die in useless,” mentioned Melanie Trewyn.
The accused drunk driver, 19-year-old Ryan Hester, is in jail on vehicular murder and DUI costs.
“She had goals. She was a extremely laborious employee,” Trewyn mentioned.
The Trewyn household adopted Claudia from Guatemala when she was a young person. Melanie Trewyn mentioned Claudia had a aim of changing into the primary individual in her organic household to go to school.
“She graduated with a culinary arts diploma and went on to be a chef,” Trewyn mentioned.
With assist from native regulation enforcement, Fort Pierce metropolis leaders, Moms Towards Drunk Driving, the Fort Pierce Lions Membership, and different native teams, the Trewyns wish to unfold the phrase about methods to forestall consuming and driving.
“We have now a alternative tonight to provide you with a technique and use our voices to make a distinction,” mentioned St. Lucie County Main Chris Cicio.
Trewyn introduced 500 coasters to present to company at hand out, with permission, at native bars and eating places. The coasters have a message encouraging individuals to not drink and drive. She hopes they may exchange coasters with alcohol ads.
“What in the event that they have been taking a look at coasters that mentioned don’t drink and drive, possibly it will wake them up a bit bit to take a seat and benefit from the night till it was protected,” Trewyn mentioned.
She spoke about protected choices like Uber, or securing a chosen driver.
She additionally requested individuals to think about signing a petition with motion gadgets for lawmakers to think about, comparable to requiring IDs to be scanned for anybody ordering alcohol who seems to be youthful than 30, making a Moms Towards Drunk Driving Florida license plate, and elevating the minimal age of bartenders from 18 to 21.
“We are going to stand by Melanie and Tim as they courageously flip their tragedy into making a distinction,” mentioned MADD South Florida Govt Director, Tracy Roloff.