Will the DDS accept a certificate of completion from a DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction course that I completed online?
No. Certificates of completion from online DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction courses are not accepted by the DDS for any purposes related to an individual's driver's license or driving privileges.
What is a DUI, Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction Course?
DUI, Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction is an intervention program mandated by law for people convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), possession of illegal drugs, underage possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, or Boating Under the Influence (BUI). It consists of two components: an assessment component and an intervention component. Both components must be successfully completed in order to obtain a certificate of completion.
What is the cost of a DUI, Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction course?
The cost of a DUI, Alcohol or Drug Use Risk Reduction course is set by law. The total cost of the course is $292.00. This includes the Assessment Component ($82.00), the Intervention Component ($190.00), and a workbook ($20.00).
How is Georgia's Risk Reduction course structured?
Georgia's risk reduction course is comprised of two components: the Assessment Component and the Intervention Component.
The Assessment Component is completed first. It is a 130-question comprehensive adult assessment instrument used to screen the extent of an individual's alcohol and drug use and its impact on driving.
The Intervention Component is completed last. It is a 20-hour course comprised of several sessions covering several days and delivered in a group environment.
The Intervention Component is designed to offer therapeutic education and peer group counseling about alcohol and drug use and its effect on driving.
Students must complete both the Assessment and Intervention Components to receive a certificate of completion.
How long does it take to complete a DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction course?
The time it takes to complete a course depends on a variety of factors; but, in most cases, the entire course can be completed in less than a week. It is best to discuss course schedules and any specific needs or concerns you may have related thereto with the school you choose to attend.
What is a NEEDS assessment?
NEEDS is the 130-question comprehensive screening instrument used during the Assessment Component.
What are the attendance policies for DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction courses?
All schools have strict attendance policies, which are outlined in the paperwork you sign when you contract with a school to attend one of its courses. You will be expected to arrive on time and to complete each session. Students that arrive late to any session can expect to be denied entry into class and may be required to start the course over again, at full cost. In addition, students that are absent or leave early from any session may be required to start the course over again, at full cost. It is recommended that you consider the course schedule carefully and take into account any potential scheduling conflicts you may have before signing a contract to attend.
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