RADD®, formally known as Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving, is an internationally-recognized non-profit organization that joins together media outlets, celebrities, and supporters to create positive strategies to avoid impaired driving. Incorporated in 1986 as a 501(c3) non-profit, RADD produced the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign and is a two-time recipient of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Public Service Award. RADD’s 2015 “College DWI Awareness” campaign has reached more than 850,000 college students. The campaign targets the college and bar-going demographic with the goal of encouraging those who drink to “plan ahead” with a designated driver, a taxi, or an alternate form of transportation.

Ongoing public DWI education is imperative, because as human beings, we need constant reminders. That’s why companies like Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, and ExxonMobil advertise everywhere, all the time, all over the world. While RADD is an international organization with considerable resources, it’s only one of the many organizations that offer DWI education to the public. Across the country, many educational efforts are local. Giving teens a chance to see firsthand how drinking and driving can destroy their lives might help them to think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking.

In California, the “Real DUI Court in Schools” program was developed in 2006 by the Judicial Council of California. The program attempts to educate high-schoolers about the dangers of DWI by taking them to real courtrooms to observe actual DUI cases. If you are arrested for DUI – or if you are a parent and your teen is arrested for DUI – contact an experienced Orange County DWI lawyer at once. An arrest is not the equivalent of a conviction, and a good DWI attorney can aggressively challenge the case against you or your teen and fight for justice on your behalf. After any DUI arrest in southern California, arrange immediately to meet with an experienced Orange County DWI lawyer.