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Families urge people not to drink and drive after losing loved ones to drunk driving

Posted at 9:58 PM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 23:11:26-05

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- — It's been 19 years since Melissa Brandon's oldest son was killed after getting a ride from a friend who was drinking.

"They crashed and Bobby was killed, he was ejected from the vehicle. I've heard the vehicle rolled over him but to be honest I've never read the report because as a mom I can't do that," Brandon said.

On days like New Year's Eve Bobby Simmons' mother wants people to remember the face behind these crimes and that those affected are not just another statistic.

"I want people to know that it does happen to anybody, it can happen to anybody, it could happen to you. When someone comes to your door to tell you that your son is not coming home... how that's going to devastate you," Brandon said.

Simmons was only 15-year-old, a freshman at Bristow High School. Now Green Country sheriff's and police departments, such as Tahlequah, are working to keep the roads safe.

"We have families ourselves and loved ones who drive the streets so we want to do everything we can to keep them off the streets," Officer Matthew Frits said.

Both law enforcement and families of victims urge people to create a plan before celebrating.