Drunk driving victims' families release butterflies

The ceremony ended with 36 butterflies being released. / Cody Long

Victims of drunk drivers are being remembered for the fourth year in Moultrie by families, law enforcement officers and representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The annual event was held at 9:30 a.m. at the Colquitt County Justice Center. Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety spoke to those who attended. There were some other speakers including loved ones of a drunk driving victim.

The ceremony ended with 36 butterflies being released.

"Butterflies are symbols of a change of life," Blackwell said. "Today we are using them to commemorate lives that have been changed forever. These families have lost someone they loved. They don't get another Fourth of July, vacation, Christmas or Thanksgiving together. There's an empty place at their tables."

Organizers say each year, there are more people in attendance and unfortunately, more victims.