FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut woman whose parents and grandmother were killed in Florida on Christmas Day six years ago is campaigning against impaired driving.

Melanie Bassi, a 36-year-old math teacher from Fairfield, speaks to offenders and high school students.

Some offenders cry or stare at her with jaws dropped as she tells her story.

Occasionally they tell her she changed the way they think.

Bassi says she’s hoping to achieve something positive from the tragedy.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving highlights Bassi’s case around the holidays, when drunken driving deaths typically spike.

Bassi says Christmas was her parents’ favorite holiday, but now it’s a tough time for her.

The driver pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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