South Carolina's DUI crackdown hits nerve for Aiken mother

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, April 20, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- On a weekend where law enforcement is out patrolling heavily, Edie Graham is grateful, but it hits close to home for her.

She can remember what it was like eight years ago.

"She kneeled down next to Gary and she put her hand on the bag and the thought of my child being in a bag," she told News 12.

Every day is a struggle for her.

"The hurt, the pain and the heartache we go through," she said.

Her son was a volunteer firefighter and was always outside.

"He loved mudding, he loved four-wheeling, fishing, hunting," Graham said.

But his life was cut short.

One night eight years ago, her son, Gary Lee, lost his life to a drunken driver.

"When he got next to Gary Lee, he was passing him on a double solid yellow line, he was doing 85 miles per hour and he T-boned him," she said.

What she felt next, she says no mother should ever have to feel.

"How do I really know this is my child you're saying is dead?" she said. "I never got to see my son again, I never got to touch him."

She's a mother against drunken driving, a title that goes beyond just the organization.

"Being able to go out there and tell my story, especially to young people, they listen," she told News 12.

The memories of her young boy still sit in her mind.

"He's got a couple of friends, and they still come around and all, and I look at them and I can see him, I can see him," Graham said.

It's a reminder of how precious life really is.

"I just don't want other people to have to feel the pain that we feel every day," she said.

For more information on Mothers Against Drunk Driving and to get involved, visit their website at

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