Rockdale County DUI treatment program receives $29,000 grant

CONYERS — A Rockdale County program that helps repeat DUI offenders received a $29,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety on Monday.

The Rockdale County DUI Court Supervised Treatment Program targets offenders with multiple convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol and serves to reduce DUI relapse by addressing the root cause of the particular crime of repeated DUI offenses.

Rockdale County’s State Court Judge Nancy Bills oversees the program and said the grant funding will be used for surveillance and lab drug testing.

“Surveillance is a big accountability part of the program. Two Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputies were hired and given a second job of visiting the DUI participants’ homes,” Bills said. “The deputies collect urine samples, conduct breath and saliva testing in order to make sure participants are where they’re supposed to be.”

The program, which was started in 2007, uses a multi-agency, collaborative approach to comprehensively treat, motivate and rehabilitate the participant. The program is voluntary and participants do pay a fee to join the program, Bills said.

“While we do say that the program is a minimum of 12 months, usually it takes about 18 to 24 months since most people who come into court have at least a 24-month probation,” Bills said.

For more information about the Rockdale County DUI Court Supervised Treatment program, call 770-278-7720 or email duicourt@rockdalecounty.org.