For those arrested for a DUI under the age of 21 in Los Angeles or Orange County, the court penalties include a requirement to attend a youth drug and alcohol deterrence program (YDAD).
The YDAD program offers participants insights into the effects of alcohol and drugs on their lives and shows participants the potential real life consequences of drinking and driving. The program includes an alcohol awareness class, a coroners visit, a visit to a trauma center and a MADD Victim Impact Panel Meeting.
At the alcohol awareness class, participants hear speakers whose lives have been impacted by the use of alcohol and drugs. The issues addressed include the legal, financial and health effects of alcohol use. The coroners visit can involve a vivid presentation by a coroner as to the effects of alcohol on the body. The trauma center visit involves participants meeting patients involved in alcohol related incidents, listening to experts from the trauma unit, a tour of the hospital and a video presentation concerning the effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Finally, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel visit is hosted by people whose lives have been significantly effected by incidents of drunk driving. Typically a parent who has lost a child to a drunk driver will talk about the devastating impact to the victims family.
The intention of the program is to provide participants with an experience which will impact them emotionally and result in the motivation never to take alcohol or drugs and drive again. The program typically costs about $225. At the end of the program, participants are required to write a one thousand word essay about their experience and what they have learned.
If you have any questions concerning the penalties for a DUI in California, please call Los Angeles and Orange County DUI lawyers Gold & Witham for a free consultation.
Youth Drug And Alcohol Deterrence helps participants learn from the mistakes of others rather than making their own over and over again. YDAD offers participants unique insights into the effects of alcohol and drugs on their lives, and shows them the real-life consequences of their choices. The curriculum is comprised of 4 components, 3 classes; Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Sheriff Coroner Morgue presentation, a visit to a local hospital trauma unit at night and an 1,000 word essay. Classes are held year round every month.
The community has experienced a reduction in DUI accidents, arrests and re-arrests, fatalities and ER visits. Since its inception, YDAD has been instrumental in reducing the recidivism rate from over 35% down to 1.4%. Orange County has experienced a 21% drop in drivers age 21 and up involved in drug and alcohol-related fatal and injury crashes and a 22% drop among drivers 15-20. YDAD saves lives.
Anyone can sign up and participate in YDAD without a court order; parent/guardian referrals and self-referrals are welcome.
The Youth Drug And Alcohol Deterrence Program addresses the following topics and issues:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Alcohol use and abuse
- Marijuana use
- Over the counter and Rx Prescription drugs
- Other drugs use and abuse
- Reckless Driving
- Texting and Driving
- Social Responsibility
- Laws, legal process and probation
- Resources and References
- How to make better choices
Drug and Alcohol Awareness Class
Participants will be presented with hard hitting statistics and hear stories from individuals whose lives were changed because of alcohol and drug use. They experience different levels of intoxication using simulation goggles. They learn from peers about the legal, financial, and health effects of drugs and alcohol. They learn how to create safe practices for the future.
Sheriff Coroner Morgue Class
An Los Angeles County Sheriff Coroner presents a series a recent accidents as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, explains the physical effects of alcohol and drug use.. The vivid examples of the short- and long-term effects on the body are something that is rarely seen or talked about.
Hospital Trauma Unit Visit
Participants meet at a local area hospital trauma unit.. In four hours, participants may see patients arrive who were involved in an alcohol and/or drug related incident, listen to experts from the trauma unit lecture on the physical and mental effects of alcohol and drug use as well as what they witness in their day to day jobs. Participants will see first hand how patients are treated with life saving procedures and tour various hospital patient rooms and departments.