The Union Recorder


July 5, 2012

DUI school educates offenders of consequences, risks

MILLEDGEVILLE — Long time Milledgeville resident and parent Valarie Ford began her educational career with a passion to teach criminology at the university level before realizing her true aspiration was to help individuals stay out of the criminal justice system.

After a career in mental health and the probation division within the Department of Corrections for nearly 30 years and finally retiring in 2010, Ford opened Baldwin Co. DUI School in June.

The DUI (Driving Under the Influence) school offers a legally mandated 20-hour risk reduction course, based on the PRIME for Life curriculum, for individuals who are charged with a DUI in Georgia. The program is administered by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and costs $292, as set by state law.

Ford was presented the Cynthia Floyd Award in 2007 for exceptional humanitarian acts and personal sacrifice beyond the call of duty. She became a certified alcohol and drug counselor in 2010 by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia.

Ford plans to begin offering the risk reduction program twice a month come August with a goal of also providing an ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine) level one treatment group.

The DUI school is located at 187 Roberson Mill Rd., across the street from the Baldwin Bowling Alley and next to the Judicial Alternatives of Georgia (JAG) Probation Office.

For more information about the DUI school, call (478) 804-0023, or visit

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