The video lasted about 10 minutes. But its contents summarized the group’s point: Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive impaired.

The video lasted about 10 minutes. But its contents summarized the group’s point: Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive impaired.

Victims of Impaired Drivers (VOID) held a meeting Tuesday at Trails West Library in Independence to unveil a public service announcement video it hopes will drive home the group’s goal of not having anyone injured by a drunken driver.

The DVD, which took six months to produce, details emotionally painful memories from VOID members who had a loved one killed by an impaired driver.

Norverta Lull talked in the video. Lull lost her 23-year-old daughter, Sondra Cunningham, in October 2008. Cunningham was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Dale L. Thomas, whose blood alcohol content was .183.

Cheryl Cooper’s 17-year-old son, Christopher Cooper, died in November 2007 when a vehicle driven by Wilfredo Pujols, who was running from Independence police, slammed into Christopher’s bicycle on Noland Road. A host of criminal charges against Pujols included driving while intoxicated.

“It’s numbness,” Cheryl Cooper said in the video. “It’s shock. Maybe I can save one child (by doing this).”

The survivors who talked in the video demonstrated “courage to tell their stories,” said Michelle Fordemwalt, leader of the group.

“They didn’t have to go on camera and talk about what happened in their life,” Fordemwalt said. “But they did. It’s important to them. And it’s important that you know their stories in the hopes that you don’t drink and drive and you tell people not to drink and drive.”

Fordemwalt talks in the video about the story of her brother, Michael Trenolone, who suffered severe injuries in an accident in November 2004.

“You’ve got 6,000-pound machines out there that are killing people,” Fordemwalt said in the video.

VOID was started in May 2009. The group is not limited to drunken driving, yet many of its core members have experience a loved one being killed or injured by drunken drivers. The group is against texting while driving, and anything that distracts a person when driving.

“We’re not a very big group,” Fordemwalt said. “We don’t have billions of dollars funneled in through grants. But we believe in what we’re doing. We’re going to fight every day. The way that we deal with our aggression, frustration and aggravation is to volunteer in the community,” Fordemwalt said.

VOID attends community events, attends police sobriety checkpoints, supports families devastated by impaired drivers, and works to strengthen laws.

In Missouri, 268 people were killed on roads last year by impaired drivers and 1,100 were injured, Fordemwalt said. In the U.S. each year, 13,000 die from impaired motorists.

“A success in lowering the numbers for us means zero,” she said. “Zero people dying. Zero people being injured.”

Part of the group’s message to the community is found in a sobering statistic that nine of 10 people will be affected by a drunken driver at some point in their life time.

“It’s not a if, it’s when,” Fordemwalt said.