The Cobb County DUI Court will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in conjunction with its 36th Commencement Ceremony on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Cobb County Senior Center Dinner Theatre, 1150 Powder Springs Street in Marietta.

Eric A. Brewton will preside over the DUI Court commencement ceremony. Chief Justice Harold D. Melton of the Georgia Supreme Court will also be a guest speaker at the graduation.

This is the court’s 36th commencement ceremony since it was founded in October 2008.

Seven individuals are expected to be among this quarter’s graduates. The ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment wherein the participants are supervised by the court. Past graduates of the Cobb County DUI Court credit the program for giving them hope, restoring their families and even saving their lives.

Since implementation, the program has admitted more than 525 participants and 391 graduates have successfully completed Cobb County DUI Court.

A Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Study showed that statewide, at 24 months post-graduation, DUI Court participants are four times less likely to have a new DUI arrest than non-participants.

There are more than two million drivers with at least three DUI convictions in the U.S. Every year more than two-thirds of the alcohol impaired fatalities involve a driver with a blood alcohol content of .15 or higher.

“DUI and drug courts play a critical role in helping our entire country reach zero… no more crashes, deaths or injuries from a substance-impaired driver,” said Dr. Mark Rosekind, former administrator to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Resolutions supporting DUI Courts have been passed by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, the Highway Safety Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National District Attorneys Association and the National Sheriffs Association.

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