Hours after they watched their nephew play with the 49ers in the Super Bowl, Delanie Walker’s aunt and uncle were killed in New Orleans by a suspected drunk driver. Walker, who now plays for the Titans, is honoring their memory by working to strengthen laws designed to prevent drunk driving.
Walker was on hand Tuesday to see Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam sign a law that Walker has supported, requiring people who have been convicted of drunk driving to install breathalyzer devices in their cars. When the device is in place, the car won’t start if the person’s blood alcohol level is higher than 0.02.
“I’m going to honor my auntie and uncle, and this is, I feel like honoring them by doing something that helps somebody else prevent people from drinking and driving and make them think twice before drinking and driving and hurting someone else,” Walker told the Titans’ website. “I think this is something big and honoring them. That’s why I’m part of it and happy to be part of it.”
Kudos to Walker for finding a way to honor his aunt and uncle and, hopefully, helping to prevent other families from experiencing such tragedies.