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DUI Diversion Fairdale Clean-up
Friday September 22, 2006
County Attorney’s DUI Diversion Program, Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch Team to Clean Fairdale Sunday After the Fair
In conjunction with Metro Council District 13 Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch, County Attorney Irv Maze’s DUI Diversion Program will assist in clean-up following the Fairdale Fair this weekend. As part of the community service component of the diversion program, as many as 40 volunteers will pick up trash on Sunday.
“It’s a win-win for the community,” said Councilwoman Welch. “Fairdale will be cleaned of the litter associated with the Fair, and the diversion program participants will be credited with community service hours needed to successfully complete the program.”
The Fairdale Fair will be the twelfth clean-up project for the County Attorney’s DUI Diversion Program. In less than one year, the program has cleared more than one ton of garbage from streets and public areas throughout the Metro area.
This event marks the fifth anniversary of County Attorney Maze’s DUI Prosecution Unit. Formed in September 2001, the unit consists of 7 full-time DUI prosecutors and three Victim Advocates. The DUI conviction rate stands at 95% through eight months of 2006, one of the highest in the nation.
The DUI Diversion Program, begun ten months ago, is a one-year program for first-time DUI offenders. Components of the program include assessment, treatment, counseling and community service.