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Photo Gallery | DUI Court Program - First Time Held in Junior High School - Sutter Middle School Hosts!

Angela Kellogg, Project Supervisor, Traffic Safety Awareness Program, introduced to students, staff and parents, today’s pilot program, and congratulated Sutter Middle School for opening their doors to host this DUI Court Program.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Friday, March 1, 2013 allowed junior high school students a first-hand realization of a court session held by the Honorable Michael Savage, Assistant Deputy District Attorney, Rick Miller as well as defending attorney, Joshua Kaizuka, for the defendant who had a DUI arrest. 

Students, although not of age to drive, were impacted with the presentation of what faces each of them should one become arrested for a DUI.  Students listened attentively to the defendant who spoke to the students about the experience of being held behind bars, cost of approximately $8000-$12,000 for court fees, the hiring of a defense attorney, and the loss of potential jobs as there is now a record of a DUI. 

A major point stressed to students was the fact that a DUI record would affect the chance for a scholarship to college ~ their dreams of joining the military, being drafted into professional sports, seeking a particular profession can be burst with one decision – that of drinking and driving!

Attorneys Rick Miller, Joshua Kaizuka and the Hon. Michael Savage spoke to students about the ramifications which follow throughout one’s life for having received a DUI arrest. 

A great impact on Sutter students was a guest speaker, Cody Spaeth, MADD, who spoke of the tragic death of her father from a drunk driver, killed on his way home from work.   

Sutter’s junior high students were touched deeply, many brought to tears, as Cody described she lost her father at age 14.  Her father was killed by a drunk driver.   She now reflects every day on the father-daughter talks that are no more, the phone calls exchanged as she ‘checked in’ with him, and holding his hand as they might take a walk, no longer.  Cody’s tears and quivering voice will not be forgotten and will surely change choices of drinking and driving for these students in the years to come.

In attendance were Mark Dandeneau, California State Executive Director and Becky Wood, Youth Program Specialist, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).  Community and Outreach Chaplains from the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento were present and made themselves available to students, as well. 

A special thank you was given Principal David Rodriguez and his staff for participation this day.  Principal Rodriguez has paved the way for educating students at a younger age, preparing them for decision-making that will affect the outcome of their lives should they choose to drink and drive! 

Bravo Sutter Middle School!  Thank you for your participation in a program which can now influence younger lives as they approach their high school years where peer pressure can be so great…to make the right choice…NOW!  DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For further information: |
Angela Kellogg, Project Supervisor
Traffic Safety Awareness Program, OTS
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy - Sacramento
PO Box 2928, Sacramento CA 95812-2928
1331 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 761-2649 FAX (916) 933-7781

Lisa O’Hara, Contributor, News10.net My Neighborhood
Staff  Photographer, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento