A nationwide crackdown on drunk driving means an aggressive campaign in central Ohio.
It's called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and it started Friday with several OVI checkpoints throughout central Ohio.
It has been nearly 23 years, but Randy Young says every time he talks about what happened to his 17-year-old daughter, he gets stronger.
"You are kind of reliving it, time after time, but every time I speak I remember something new."
Young, who spoke at the campaign kick-off Friday in Franklin County, says his daughter Tonya was supposed to be a slumber party the night she died.
Instead, he says, the parent at that slumber party gave the girls alcohol and let them leave the house.
Young says the girls were on Ghormley Road in Fayette County when the driver lost control of the car. He says his daughter, who was in the backseat without a seatbelt, was killed instantly when the car left the road and hit a tree.
Young says sobriety checkpoints, and the education that comes with the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, works.
"Some progress is being made, but we need to continue to have efforts like the campaign to eliminate drunk driving,” said Young.
Franklin County Municipal Court Judge James Green says the number of people charged with driving under the influence has increased over the last several years.
He says punishment doesn't seem to deter some drivers.
"We can increase the penalties and make them more severe, but if I'm not putting more thought into it on the front end, I'm not thinking of the penalties or the consequences either,” said Judge James Green.
Green says the OVI cases he has dealt with have shown him that people need to be reminded of the impact of their choices.
That's why Young says he'll keep telling his story.
"I feel it has been productive and that is just what we can hold on to that maybe we have made a difference in one person's life,” said Young.
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