Kevin London Meets With Sec. Foxx About Ending Drunk Driving

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EDEN  -- Kevin London lost two of his daughters in a drunk driving crash, last summer.

"When you hear your daughter's names like that, it rips your heart out," explained Kevin London.

Taylor was 23-years-old and Meredith was just 18 years-old. The driver, who police say was driving while impaired, was a family friend.

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London is finding a way to use this tragedy for change.

He reached out to WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower about his mission in our nation's capital.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving asked Kevin London to go with their national president to meet with the Secretary of Transportation to discuss ways to end drunk driving.

London never thought he'd be a part of this type of policy change, but after losing two daughters to this crime, he says he had to help.

"All of a sudden you get knocked down to the lowest of the lowest valleys."

London's lowest valley came with a knock on the door.

"It was the classic, what you always hear, the doorbell ring, and knock at the door," explained London.

"But to see them standing there, I can't describe the... I just can't describe the feeling."

Fueled by his daughters' memory, he's working to make sure another family doesn't have to go through what he did.

"I want to be a voice for my girls."

Last week, his voice, and his daughters' story, was heard by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

Alongside Mothers Against Drunk Driving, they met and talked about ways to eliminate drunk driving.

"He's very supportive of what MADD is working on right now and he's willing to do what he can to end it," explained London.

Back in Eden, Kevin's started his own twitter campaign, urging people to think before they get behind the wheel. He talks to groups, schools and churches sharing his tragedy, and hoping to prevent another.

"I can't change the past but I can change the future for someone else," said London.

MADD's campaign to eliminate drunk driving encourages more sobriety check points and ignition interlocks for all offenders.

They also support the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, research program.

Legislation that would require ignition interlock devices for all offenders was considered by North Carolina lawmakers this session, but it wasn't passed.

The girl who was driving Taylor and Meredith only received minor injuries. She has been charged but her case has not gone to trial.

To learn more about MADD's plan to eliminate drunk driving, click here.

To learn more about London's twitter campaign, click here

WFMY News 2

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