For years, groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been working to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. Although these groups have had a big impact, many believe that there is still much work to be done to protect the public from the dangers of drunk driving. Two Georgia groups are teaming up with the stated purpose of spreading awareness in their community.
Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc., and the Cop Cab program have joined forces to discourage drunk driving. GUIDE works on issues surrounding substance abuse and young people. Cop Cab is an effort by the police department to cut down on drunk driving and prevent the sale of alcohol to individuals under age 21. The Cop Cab program promotes awareness with a car which is painted half like a police cruiser and half like a taxicab. The idea is to show that intoxicated people have a choice to call a cab or to be arrested for drunk driving.
Hopefully, programs such as this one can help keep Georgia roads safer. However, they do sometimes give an oversimplified view of the criminal justice system. Those who have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving are entitled to a defense.
For individuals accused of being under the influence behind the wheel, the situation can seem hopeless. Loss of reputation and a litany of fines seem to be looming in their future. For young people who are just starting out in life, a conviction on drunk driving charges can be a major setback.
Defense attorneys can work hard to see to it that these folks are treated fairly in the legal process. Those accused of a first time underage DUI offense should take their legal options seriously.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Agency joins police and Cop Cab to fight drunk driving," Karen Huppertz, Nov. 7, 2014