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What Does An Approved Traffic School Mean

What Does An Approved Online Traffic School Mean How do I know if I'm going to a State approved traffic school.  Traffic Schools are licensed and regulated by the Georgia Department of Driver Services.  They oversee all activities and programs within each school.  The school will have a 4 digit license number that you need to look for or ask about.  With so many online DUI Schools popping up, you need to be careful because only accepts certificates from schools that are licensed.  The fees for the DUI risk reduction program are set by Georgia law. $292 is the cost and if somewhere is charging you less or more, they aren't state certified.  Every class will have two components.  The needs assessment and the intervention component.  The Intervention component will last 3 days.  You must fill in the needs assessment and pay in advance at all Georgia schools.  Look around...
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What is an Atlanta Victim Impact Panel?

Atlanta Victim Impact Panel? A victim impact panel is a 2 hour group session that involves speakers and students.  The organizers of the panel will facilitate a meeting and students will listen to a group of individuals about how alcohol and drugs have impacted their lives.  Many of the stories are very impactful and are designed to show students the dangers of alcohol and how it can ruin not only your own life but others around you. Many people are killed on the road every year, and in the United States you can lose your license if you do not obey road rules. When you are convicted of DUI offenses in Georgia, you will be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel in Atlanta where you will receive proper counseling and further driver education. The course is similar to support group held for AA for alcoholics or for drug abuse,...
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The Best Kind of DUI School

Best Online DUI School Where is the best DUI school in Georgia? Hard to say.  This is a class that provides you with an educational program that is mandated by Georgia law for those people who have been convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), possession of illegal drugs, underage possession of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, boating under the influence (BUI) and a variety of other offenses. The class taught at state approved DUI school and lasts twenty hours.  The course may be broken up into three or four days for your convenience. Most three day classes run on either Friday, Saturday and Sunday or Sunday and Monday while the four day program runs on Saturday, Sunday and then Monday and Tuesday evening with each evening session for three hours. Go online to find the best DUI School that meets your needs.  Look for professional, modern, safe and...
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Thinking of Taking DUI Course

Should You Take An Online DUI Course Are you thinking of finally taking your DUI Course that you have been putting off for months? Some things you should do before you come to class.  Call ahead and make sure the school you're going to is having a class.  Many DUI Courses get canceled because of lack of students.  Georgia requires a minimum of 5 students be in every class.  Second, find out what kind of payments they accept because not all schools take credit cards.  Scheduling ahead of time is important because the Georgia class takes 3 days to complete. You must take the pre-class needs assessment in order to begin and this assessment must be in the computer several hours before class starts.  If you don't get it in, you will not be able to begin class. It’s a fact that those with quality drivers training are more successful...
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What is the problem with Georgia Drivers?

What is the problem with Drivers? Ok, just admit it; there are a lot of horrible drivers out there, so you’re probably wondering what you can do about it. You could recommend that they take a defensive driving course. It’s a fact that drivers that take this course can't help but become better drivers.  They'll learn the rules of the road and all the ins and outs of defensive driving safety.  If you know of some one that could use a little extra training and become a safer driver, tell them to look into taking a defensive driving class and the drivers of Atlanta will thank you. 
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Choosing A Defensive Driving Class

Choosing The Right Online Defensive Driving Class Choosing a class can be confusing but there are a few things you should consider so you don’t have to spend your day in an old defensive driving classroom in a bad part of town. The first thing you should do is verify that the school is Georgia certified.  That means the school is licensed by the Department of Driver Services.  If you don't you will not receive the proper paperwork you need to get your license back or lower your insurance or take with you to court.  Also understand that all defensive driving classes in Georgia will last a total of 6 hours and can be taken in one full day or two evening classes. The length of the class is also set by Georgia law. If you have received a ticket or citation outside the state of Georgia, be sure you...
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Are There A Lot of Defensive Driving Schools Around Atlanta

Are There A Lot of Online Defensive Driving Schools Around Atlanta Yes.  Because Georgia has cracked down on moving violations and speeding, many more Defensive Driving schools have opened in recent years.  Some are small and offer only a handful of classes.  Other are larger and offer the 6 hour class multiple times every week.  However each class is $75 and can be split up between either one or two days long.  Because of the size of Atlanta, there are more than 270 Defensive Driving schools in the metro Atlanta area.  Georgia does not allow online programs so all the classes must be completed in person.  All of the schools in Georgia are privately owned, meaning each facility is different from the others. Some are new and some are older so choose carefully.   
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What Is the Best Schedule For Taking The Risk Reduction Course

Best Schedule For Taking The Risk Reduction Course If you need to take a Risk Reduction class, you will have several options when it comes to scheduling.  Many DUI Schools offer their program on the weekends only and some offer them during the weekdays as well. Typical schedules are starting a class on a Friday night and then all day Saturday and all day Sunday.  Weekday classes can be from Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday or some larger schools will offer the 20 hour course Monday through Friday in the evening, 4 hours each night. Choosing a schedule depends on your preference.  If you work in the evenings, a weekday class during the day is a great option.  If you work during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,  a weekend option would probably work out best.  All classes have to last at least 3 days and all DUI Classes...
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Driving Defense

Online Driving Defense Course Many people refer to Defensive driving as Driving Defense. Whichever you call it, it's the same course and many courts now require the class for people that have received speeding tickets or other moving violations.  Here are a few other reasons people take driving defense.  Insurance Discount Georgia law states that if you are over the age of 25 years and have a clean driving record, you may be eligible for a 10% discount in your insurance premiums if you take a state approved Defensive Driving class. The discount will remain for no longer than 3 years but the course may be taken again at that time. Ticket Dismissal/Court Condition If you have received a speeding ticket or another moving vehicle violation in the State of Georgia, a judge may order you to take a state certified Defensive Driving class as part of your sentence. Many...
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How does an Interlock Device Work?

Does an Interlock Device Work? Developed to reduce the number of habitual violators and drunk driver’s, Ignition Interlock Devices are machines that can be attached to any vehicle to make them inoperable and unable to start unless the driver blows into a breathalyzer machine and registers that no alcohol is in his or her system.   Once, and if, the car is able to start, the operator will continually have to blow into the device in order to continue driving.   Ignition Interlock devices have proven to be one of the most reliable and best methods for stopping drunk drivers from making our roads less safe.
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What is ASAM Level 1

ASAM Level 1 ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) Level 1 Group Sessions are regularly scheduled meetings with a certified counselor and other clients who share your same desire to achieve recovery from addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.  Group counseling provides individuals with a unique opportunity to share their stories with others and benefit from the input of others. Group members come from all walks of life and have varied reasons as to why they are attending sessions, making each day's conversations different from the rest.  The counselors can be beneficial in supplying information to help clients gain knowledge to make better decisions in their daily lives.  Alcohol and drug group counseling is one of the most widely used forms of treatment and Georgia continues to use ASAM level 1 treatment for many of it’s DUI offenders. 
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Victim Impact Panels for Impaired Drivers

Panels for Impaired Drivers Many years ago Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD) created this program to demonstrate just how deadly driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can be and how an individual's actions can affect so many other people around them.  Victim Impact Programs typically consist of panels of speakers that come together to share their stories with offenders that have recently been arrested for a variety of Alcohol and Drug related offenses.   Each invited guest spearker will talk to the audience about how a DUI and other offenses have impacted their life.  Typically a question and answer portion is held and can really help others by sharing or learning more about what it takes to turn your own life around. Many offenders in Georgia are now required to attend a Victim Impact Panel to meet the conditions of their probation. Victim Impact Panels are held all...
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What does an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation consist of?

What Is An Online Alcohol and Drug Assessment For Court?  We get this question a lot so I will try and help by answering some of the basics. An alcohol and drug evaluation is performed by a licensed counselor and typically involves a one-on-one interview in addition to answering a short written questionnaire.     Clients are usually expected to arrive with several case related documents that will assist in the evaluation. Copies of citations and contact information of probation and attorneys are a must so be sure to bring that with you. The main purpose behind all drug and alcohol evaluation is to provide courts and probation officers a detailed report of the incident and if the client has a drug or alcohol problem that needs to be addressed further.  Counselors are interested in providing clients with the knowledge they need to make better decisions for themselves and society....
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Defensive Driving: Does It Make “Cents”?

Are Online Defensive Driving Classes Approved and Accepted? We get asked all the time by clients if I think they should take a Defensive Driving class.  Most questions typically begin with, “Will this help me get out of a ticket?”  My answer is always the same.  It depends.  What were you caught doing, how many other tickets have you gotten, do you have 6 hours available and how much is your fine?   Defensive Driving courses cost $75 and traffic citation fines can be anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to more than a thousand so $75 is always a better deal if you are given the option.   Does it make financial sense to take 6 hours off of work?  If you make more than $100 an hour and you will lose out on thousands of dollars, you may have good reason to plead guilty and move on.  If...
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Georgia Certificates of Completion for DUI, Defensive Driving & Counseling

Certificates For DUI, Defensive Driving, Driver's Ed & Counseling After you complete a state certified Defensive Driving or DUI Risk Reduction program, you will be issued an official certificate of completion from the Department of Driver Services (DDS). Only programs regulated by the State of Georgia can issue official certificates of completion that are valid in courts, probation offices or if you are trying to get your license reinstated so beware that there are many online programs that claim their programs are valid.  This is incorrect.  Online DUI and Defensive Driving programs are not allowed in Georgia.  State licensed schools are regulated by the Department of Driver Services and will be listed on the Department’s website and every school has a 4 digit id number as well.  The DDS regulates both the 20 hour DUI  program and the 6 hour Defensive Driving program while the Department of Human Services regulates...
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DUI/Risk Reduction Class Myth

Online DUI School and Alcohol Arrest Myths The thought of a 20 hour DUI/Risk Reduction class dedicated to learning about alcohol and drugs can be overwhelming and sound like a boring experience to have to endure. This is, in fact, not always the case. Class Instructors are often able to make the learning experience a pleasant and informative one. They are able to cover the required information and share anecdotes that we can all relate to and enjoy hearing.  In Georgia the minimum class time is three days.  Many schools offer a class that spans a four day period.  In either case, the time spent will be interesting and informative. In addition to the curriculum and instructor input, some of the most interesting information can actually be learned from the stories and input from the other students. Because the DUI course is required for so many different offenses besides DUIs,...
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