WLM-New-Logo_2016_RegTrademark_FULL-COLOR-01Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz are community leaders in reducing the risk of injuries from drunk drivers.

For two years, the firm has been a presenting sponsor for Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Walk Like MADD 5k walk and run that raises money to ensure no one in our community suffers from the impacts of impaired drivers.

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD events across the country have saved 350,000 lives and served 820,000 victims. The Southwest Florida event planned for Sept. 28 hopes to raise $60,000.

“Having committed community and event partners like Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz, brings us closer to a community of No More Victims of drunk, drugged and impaired driving,” said Lori Burke, executive director of the MADD Southwest Florida Office.

Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz staff and attorneys see the impact of drunk driving through the clients they represent, reinforcing their advocacy for MADD.

Firm partners Christopher and Andrea Smith are passionate personal supporters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), with Chris leading the firm’s team fundraising efforts for the walk. Both Chris and Andrea have lost family members to drunken drivers. In fact, Chris was named after a family member who was killed by a drunken driver.

In addition, attorneys from the firm have been active in supporting area multi-jurisdiction DUI checkpoints, most recently providing food for the law enforcement officers.

“Sponsoring the briefing dinner at the checkpoint demonstrates to the officers that the law firm and the community supports them in their dedication to make our community safer for all residents and visitors,” Burke said.

Nationally on average, two out of three people will be impacted by drunk driving in their lifetime. Every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash and every day 28 people are killed by drunk driving.

Walk like MADD will be at JetBlue Park at Fenway South Sept. 28. For information or to sign up to participate: https://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=943.

To support the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz team: https://www.walklikemadd.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=15138