By Natalie Fultz
COLUMBUS - In a matter of six minutes, Elaine Mallory's life turned upside down. She said goodbye to her son, Galen, before he left to go out with friends not knowing that this would be the last time that her life would feel complete.
"Make sure your loved ones know that they are loved because you just don't ever know. The last thing I was expecting that Tuesday was somebody ringing my door bell telling me that my son had been in a wreck," Elaine says.
Galen Mallory spent 20 minutes in his car before deputies arrived at the scene. According to Elaine, Harris County has only four deputies to patrol 500 square miles.
"I mean they came as soon as they could, but if you've got two on one side of the county and two responding to something else, 500 square miles is a lot of territory," Elaine says.
Elaine says she wants to keep other families from experiencing this loss. So she's on a mission to raise awareness and bring about change.
"They've lowered the speed limit to 50 miles per hour. There's no passing zones however without proper staffing from the Sheriff's Dept. and GA. State Patrol, these areas can't be patrolled," Elaine says.
Even with these changes, she isn't stopping. She wants to see more deputies added.
"I don't want another person to die needlessly. Losing my son was devastating to all of us. Prayerfully, the good people in the community can help change the safety of the roads around here. If you go down HWY. 18, you'll see a lot of white crosses on the side of the road," Elaine says.
Elaine is hosting her second meeting this Thursday at Oakhurst Farms at 7 p.m. She will be advocating for more safety patrol.
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