Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Families, friends and law enforcement alike gathered Thursday, remembering those across the nation who have died in DUI related deaths.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving held a candle light vigil Thursday night at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
According to M.A.D.D., 358 people died in alcohol-impaired driving accidents in South Carolina in 2012. That was a jump from 309 in 2011.
The importance of the event was not lost on one woman, Patricia Voelker, who lost four members of her family in a single accident on Aug. 1, 2010.
"This is an important place to be, as part of someone who lost loved ones, as part of M.A.D.D., but also because of the law enforcement who are here," Voelker said.
"The opportunity to thank these folks," she said of the law enforcement in attendance, which included sheriff's deputies from various counties as well as municipal and South Carolina Highway Patrol.