Since its founding 10 years ago, the Cobb County DUI Court has had 391 of 525 participants complete the program successfully. AJC file photo

Cobb DUI Court celebrates 10th anniversary

The Cobb County DUI Court recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary in conjunction with its 36th Commencement Ceremony.

For seven individuals as this quarter’s graduates, this ceremony marked the completion of an intensive program of comprehensive drug treatment with the participants supervised by the court.

The program has admitted more than 525 participants and 391 graduates have completed Cobb County DUI Court successfully, according to a county statement.

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 nonparticipants.

There are more than 2 million drivers with at least three DUI convictions in the United States.

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 of 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.

Information: Darcy Kamau at 770-528-1762 or

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