Roads are already crowded as folks hit the highway for the holiday weekend. Here in town, Leon County deputies are stepping up patrols. Tallahassee police are setting up roadblocks and a grieving mother is making a plea, "Don't drink and drive."
The crosses on Silverlake Road mark the spot where 17-year-old Danny Kinsey died eight years ago. He was the passenger in a truck driven by a drunken friend.
"He hit the culvert, some say he flipped end over end. The driver was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. Danny was in the process of being thrown, when the cab of the truck came down on Danny's head and broke his neck," says Dottie Kinsey.
Even now this winding stretch of road in western Leon County is rife with skid marks and discarded beer cans. Deputies know it well.
"Kids come out to the woods and think they can get away with drinking and driving, they're away from populated areas and think that police aren't watching. That's not the case," says Tony Drzewiecki.
A drunk driving road block will be set up this weekend just down the road from these mementos, and as Dottie Kinsey misses the son who loved to hunt and fish, she has this to say to others who dare to drink and drive this weekend or any other.
"They need to slow down and think about their actions. They're not always invincible like they think they are. You know things do happen. Tragedies do happen," Dottie says.
A roadblock will be set up on Silverlake Road this weekend, one of many set up to catch drunk drivers in and around Tallahassee.
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Source: www.nhtsa.dot.gov (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site) contributed to this report.