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'I took a husband and dad of four away from his family because of my drink driving'

Kris Caudilla is serving 15 years in prison after he slammed into a car and killed a police officer in 2010.

ONE NIGHT I was drinking out with friends. I got in the car and killed somebody. The man I killed was a police officer, he had four children, a wife and I took him away from them.

Kris Caudilla is serving 15 years in prison for killing a police officer in a crash when he was drink driving. He was driving the wrong way when he slammed into the car.

Caudilla was convicted of DUI manslaughter in 2010 – he was just 26 at the time.

In an attempt to encourage others not to get in a car after drinking, Caudilla has taken part in a project that sees him appear in bathroom mirrors of bars to warn pub goers of his experience. The 32-year-old says:

I try to replay the scene in my head and see where things went wrong but mostly I just think about him and his family.

prison Source: We Save Lives - Reflections from Inside via YouTube

Speaking face to face with men drinking in bars, Caudilla asks them if they should drive tonight.

I made the choice to drink. I made the choice to get in the car, so have a look in the mirror man.

“To someone who thinks this will never happen to them I say think twice about it because I was them. I thought I was invincible but it eventually caught up to me.”

Source: We Save Lives/YouTube

Drunk driving still kills 30 people in America every day.

The film took a year and a half to bring to life and included numerous prison visits and coordination with many State and Federal government entities.

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