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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday. August 6, 1974 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - IS ^Sober drunk^ knows driving hazard EDMONTON (CP) -Cliff Pope has a wealth of unhappy experience to draw on when he talics to motorists in Alberta's impaired driving program. "I'm a 'sober drunic'... a recovered alcoholic," says Mr. Pope, co-ordinator of the program run by the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission. "When I talk about impaired driving, I know the effects." Mr. Pope was charged 17 times with impaired driving offences, had four convictions 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 convicted of impaired driving. With only a Grade 8 education, Mr. Pope went back to school, became in- DERME MACHINE SHOP A COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE & GENERAL MACHINE SHOP SERVICE (327-0821J 232 � I2e 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 impaired driving, refusing to take a breath analysis test or failure to pass the test may be ordered to participate in the program by a judge as a condition of probation. The Judge is not obligated to force all convicted impaired drivers to take the course. Mr. Pope is convinced the program works and hasn't much time for judges who won't use it. "Any judge who knows about the program and doesn't put people on jt__ shouldn't be on the bench." The four-night program, spread over a month, consists of discussions and films as the consequences of impaired driving and are drilled into the average class of 60 motorists. If program directors think a motorist needs treatment for alcoholism, - they recommend treatment through one of the commission's counselling services. Individuals must go for the treatment or face having their driver's licence suspended. "That's our big stick," said Mr. Pope. More than 2,400 persons have participated in the BATTERY RENTAL? You can now rent your bat* tery needs for any seasonal equip, for any 4 month season. EXAMPLE  New 12volt 70A.H.-$8.00  New 6volt105A.H.-$6.00 LETHBRIDGE BATTERY CO. 217-12 St. B' S.. Lelhbridga Phone 327-5587 program. "We know the course is working," said Mr. Pope "We've had few repeaters." A survey by the University of Alberta pver a 15-month period showed that 18 per cent of the drivers throughout the province who were convicted of impaired driving or breath analysis offences who didn't take the course were arrested again on the same charge. But only SVz per cent of the motorists who took the course were second offenders. "There's a lot of resentment thie 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 by the second week and Mr. Pope reports that by the end of the month, most motorists are glad they had an opportunity to take the course. Most accept Mr. Pope's admonition "You're a damn idiot if you finish 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 established courses based on Alberta's experiences. The North American farmer is also a consumer. Farmers spend about $43 billion every year for goods and services just to produce their crops and livestock; plus another $13 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 Ciaresholm, Alberta. Interviews can be arranged. Few repeats Cliff Pope, "a recovered alcoholic," is coordinator of Alberta's program for persons convicted of impaired driving. Mr.' Pope, who was convicted of impaired driving four timesrsays-the course is working. STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. . Phone 327-3024 Southern Breeders (1974) Ltd. offering the following services:  Semen processing and distribution from ail breeds  Custom Gollectioii 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 shortiyi Southern Breeders (1974) Ltd T.L. Church B.S.A.D.V.M. Qanaral M�nag�r Brin ThempMn B. Sc. Production Managor Specialists in Superior Semen P.O. Box 357, Lethbridge Phone 328-9671 ;