Drunk driver speaks out about DUI's

By: Stacia Strong Email
By: Stacia Strong Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Vanessa Zubiate was the driver in a car accident that killed two people.

In 2001 Zubiate was driving a car after drinking with her sister Rachel and friend Jason. Zubiate - who was only 16 at the time - was driving when they hit a tree, killing the two passengers.

Zubiate said the accident still haunts her every day and warns teens and young adults about the dangers of drinking and driving.

“That was in 2001 and here we are in 2014 and it's still as fresh today as it was back then," said Zubiate.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has partnered up with several law enforcement agencies throughout the state to work on reducing the number of car accidents related to drinking and driving.

Reports show that more than 26,000 people are arrested for driving under the influence every year in Colorado, and over 150 people are killed each year.

Zubiate says the latest incident involving the death of teenage mother Lydia Perez due to drinking and driving had brought up memories from her accident and said that DUI accidents affect more than just the people doing it, it also effects everyone around you.

She said she hopes people will hear her story and learn from the mistake that she made that cost her sister and friend their lives.

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