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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TuMday, August 6, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 drunk9 knows driving hazard EDMONTON (CP) Cliff Pope has a wealth of unhappy experience to draw on when he talks to motorists in Alberta's im- paired driving program "I m a 'sober drunk a recovered says Mr Pope, co-ordmaior of the program run by the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission "When I talk about im- paired driving, I know the effects Mr Pope was charged 17 times with impaired driv- ing offences, had four con- victions and spent time in jail With several of his business ventures ruined by his bouts with alcohol, he decided to reform and got interested in the com mission s innovative program for persons con victed of impaired driving With only a Grade 8 education Mr Pope back to school became in DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE 4 GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE 327-0821, HI 12c STREET NORTH volved in the program and now plays a big part in its development Hits judges Based on a pilot project in Phoenix, Ariz the Alberta program started in 1970 the first of its type in Canada Persons convicted of im- paired driving, refusing to take a breath analysis test or failure to pass the test may be ordered to par ticipate in the program by a judge as a condition of probation The judge is not obligated to force all con- victed impaired drivers to take the course Mr Pope is convinced the program works and hasn t much time for ludges who won t use it Any judge who Knows about the program and doesn t put people on it shouldn t be on the bench The four night program spread over a month, con sists of discussions and tilms as the consequences o! unpaired driving and are drilled into the average class of 60 motorists It program directors think a motorist needs treatment for alcoholism they recommend treatment through one of the com mission s counselling services Individuals must go for ihe treatment or face hav- ing their driver's licence suspended "That's our big stick, said Mr Pope More than persons have participated in the BATTERY RENTAL? You can now rent your bat- tery for any seasonal equip, lor any 4 month sea- son. EXAMPLE New 12 volt 70 New 6volt LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217-12 St. 'B' S., Lethbridge Phone program "We know the course is said Mr Pope "We've had few repeaters A survey by the Universi- ty of Alberta over a 15- month period showed that 18 per cent of the drivers throughout the province who were convicted of im- paired driving or breath analysis offences who didn t take the course were arrested again on the same charge But only 3Vz per cent of the motorists who took the course were se- cond offenders "There's a lot of resent- ment the first night of the program, said Mr Pope Many people are just damn mad at the courts and the police for dragging them in here We feel they should be mad at themselves The attitude usually changes bv the second week and Mr Pope reports that by the end ol the month most motorists are glad they had an opportuni ly to take the course Most accept Mr Pope s admonition You re a damn idiot i( vou Imish the program and then go out and drink and drive The course is offered in 16 Alberta communities and Mr Pope estimates that about 15 communities in other provinces have followed Alberta's lead and started a similar program Several communities in the United States also have es- tablished courses based on Alberta's experiences The North American farmer is also a consumer Farmers spend about billion every year for goods and services just to produce their crops and livestock, plus another billion for things we all use, like food, clothes, medicines, furniture and appliances Looking for a Future? Canada's largest Mobile Home Factory needs fifty additional production line workers (male or female) to start on increased volume program by August 6th or shortly thereafter. Experience in any building trades an asset but not a necessity. Top hourly wages, permanent employment and good living conditions. For further information phone C.B. Thomas collect at (403) 235-3311 or write to Box 970 Claresholm, Alberta. Interviews can be arranged. STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St S. Phone 327-3024 Few repeats Cliff Pope, "a recov- ered is co- ordinator of Alberta's program for persons convicted of impaired driving Mr Pope, who was convicted of im- paired driving four times, says the course is working Southern Breeders (1974) Ltd. offering the following services: Semen processing and distribution from all breeds Custom collection and private storage Full line of A1 supplies and nitrogen Artificial insemination schools Consultation and development of A1 programs Canadian distributor for International Beef Breeders Now accepting listings for quarantine for your imports arriving shortly! Southern Breeders (1974) Ltd. T. L. Church B.S.A D.V.M. Gwwral Brin Thompton B Sc Production Managir Specialists in Superior Semen P.O. Box 357, Lethbridge Phone 328-9671 ;