The Eighth Judicial District Court felony DUI program has had great success and accomplished much to get people’s lives on track, preserve families and control prison population. That success doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over years of intensive counseling. During that time, measures are taken to keep DUI court participants from reoffending. Ignition interlock devices are installed on participant vehicles. The devices require a passing breathalyzer of sorts prior to starting the vehicle. Ignition interlock devices are expensive, so Clubs are used to secure other vehicles that DUI court participants may have access to.
Stop DUI recently provided 20 Clubs to the felony DUI program. The Clubs had special meaning. They were donated to honor the memory of Marie Manendo, the mother of State Senator Mark Manendo. The Senator has sponsored DUI and crime victim rights legislation in the Nevada Legislature.
When his mother passed away, Senator Manendo requested that memorial contributions be donated to Stop DUI. One such contribution from Billy Vassiliadis and R&R Partners, went to purchase the 20 clubs in memory of Marie. “The Clubs are a quick measure to prevent drunk driving and have a direct and immediate impact on saving lives,” said Sandy Heverly, the co-founder and executive director of Stop DUI.
The Felony DUI Program has 445 participants in various stages of the three to five-year intensive treatment program. The Club steering wheel locks are used to secure their vehicles to prevent them from driving until they get an interlocking breath device on their vehicles. Clubs are also used to lock any vehicle where they reside that doesn’t have an ignition interlock device. A lot of Clubs are needed to secure the vehicles around that many participants. At an average cost of about $40, it gets expensive. That’s why the donation of the 20 Clubs is so appreciated.
Participants in the Felony DUI Program have three or more DUI’s in seven years and have to meet the diagnostic criterion for a substance use disorder. The Felony DUI Program is one of several District Court specialty court programs that save lives and tax dollars by solving issues through a rigorous and coordinated approach between judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service and treatment communities.
Sandy Heverly, the co-founder and executive director of Stop DUI, describes the organization as: “a Nevada grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the violent crime of driving under the influence and assisting the victims of this crime.” Visit http://www.stopdui.org for more information on the program.