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Local campaign urges UC Santa Barbara students to not drive impaired

It’s been almost three years since Mallory Dies was killed by a hit-and-run driver who was intoxicated during the accident.

However, her friends and family haven’t stopped raising awareness about the dangers of driving drunk through a nonprofit organization called Vow4Mal.

“Everyday, we see people supporting, wearing the shirts and yellow wristbands. It’s an amazing feeling to see the community support this girl even years after she’s been gone,” said Matt Moore, Dies’ friend.

Vow4Mal is promoting a new campaign focusing on UC Santa Barbara students asking “Gauchos to not let Gauchos drive drunk.” The organization partnered with downtown businesses and people who service in the service and bar industry to pass on the message to students.

Dies’ father, Matt Dies, says he’s thankful the community’s support.

“We can make the world a little better and keep tragedies from happening. We can get people home safe for the night,” said Matt Dies.

Moore and Dies hopes to expand this campaign to other college campuses in California.

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