On September 8, 2013, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, in conjunction with the Santa Maria Police Department, held the first Traffic Safety and Awareness Memorial Walk. Hundreds of members from the local community showed up to Preisker Park in Santa Maria, and participated in the memorial walk. Licensed, leashed, and safe dogs were also invited to attend.
The event included several local first responders, including SMPD, CHP, Cal. Star, and AMR. Various dignitaries also attended, including DA Joyce Dudley, and assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. The event raised over $2,400 for victims of traffic casualties, which will go towards a fund to create a memorial at Preisker Park in the future. Most importantly, the event raised awareness in our community as to dangers of dangerous driving.