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Monday, 04 November 2013 10:45

Tuscola Co. Trial Courts Organizing Thumb Regional DWI Court

(CARO) -- Changes in the law are giving trial courts new tools to address the problem of motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol and or controlled substances. The Trial Courts in Tuscola, Huron and Sanilac counties are taking advantage of those changes. A $255,000 grant from the State Court Administrative Office is helping in the development of the Thumb Regional DWI Court. Four pilot programs in the state are receiving funding in an attempt to bring DWI Courts to rural areas on a regional, multi-county basis.

The Thumb Regional DWI Court will be a cooperative program of the circuit and district courts in Tuscola, Huron, and Sanilac counties, with Tuscola County serving as the coordinating court. The program targets individuals who plead guilty to driving while impaired or under the influence of alcohol and or a controlled substance. Individuals admitted into the program will be required to attend counseling sessions, get tested multiple times a week, and appear before the judge running the program every two weeks for a review hearing.

Chief Judge Pro Tempore Amy Grace Gierhart says that pairing a restricted license with the close supervision of the court is a great approach to providing offenders the treatment they need while rehabilitating them into productive members of society  Organizers hope to start the program in December.