NHTSA Report on Georgia DUI Courts

How effective are Georgia’s DUI courts? According to a recent report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the evidence is in: Georgia’s DUI Courts have “successfully encouraged lifestyle changes for the participating offenders and may be a viable alternative to traditional sanctioning.”

The study evaluated DUI Courts in Chatham, Clarke, and Hall counties reviewing data from 2003-2006.  During that time, these courts experienced a 79% retention rate indicating that most participants remained in these programs and were motivated to complete it.  Offenders who graduated from one of the DUI courts experienced a 9% recidivism rate; terminated offenders experienced a 26% recidivism rate. The report estimates that the DUI courts prevented between 47 and 112 repeat arrests.
    Ten years after the first DUI court was created in Clarke County, there are eighteen DUI courts throughout the state.
    Access the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at  http://www.nhtsa.gov/

What the Judges Say:

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Chief Judge Kent Lawrence, State Court of Clarke County: “The research validates the program success staff members have observed over the years working with high risk repeat impaired driving offenders.  Accountability courts which adhere to the ten Guiding Principles model are much more likely to experience reduced recidivism, increased public safety for the community, higher retention rates, and be more cost effective.  Simply stated, DUI Court pilot courts in Georgia have clearly demonstrated over a four year period that impaired driving court programs WORK!”

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Chief Judge Greg Fowler, State Court of Chatham County: “DUI Drug courts require a huge investment of Judges' time, but the outcomes we see in clean and sober, happy, working, law abiding, taxpaying citizens is worth every second."

 

 

altChief Judge Charles Wynne, State Court of Hall County: "The results of the NHTSA study of Georgia DUI Courts confirm that DUI Courts work. The success of DUI Courts, as well as Drug Courts and other similar programs, is not only measured in public safety benefits through a reduction in repeat offenses, but is demonstrated through countless examples of participants who have achieved sobriety and become productive citizens and  families that have been restored from years of being broken as a result of addiction. These successes come as a result of hard work by a lot of dedicated team members, as well as hard work on the part of the participants themselves."

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