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Fathers Against Drunk Driving comes to South Georgia

The group wants to educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving. (Source:WALB) The group wants to educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving. (Source:WALB)
Mark Stephenson, South Georgia Director of FADD (Source:WALB) Mark Stephenson, South Georgia Director of FADD (Source:WALB)
Stephenson said that underage drinking is a big problem throughout the country. (Source:WALB) Stephenson said that underage drinking is a big problem throughout the country. (Source:WALB)
The group is also working on a designated driver program. (Source:WALB) The group is also working on a designated driver program. (Source:WALB)
MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

A group in Moultrie is hoping to prevent underage drinking.

Fathers Against Drunk Driving (FADD) aims to educate the public on the dangers of drug and alcohol use while driving a car.

South Georgia FADD Director Mark Stephenson told WALB News 10 that most of the FADD chapters are located along the West Coast, but the organization is bringing more chapters to the East Coast.

The South Georgia group is the first FADD chapter in the state.

Stephenson said the group wants to be present at schools, churches, and community events to teach people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

“I was a paramedic and firefighter for 15 years, so I’ve seen a lot of accidents where alcohol was involved,” Stephenson mentioned.

The group wants to help the community. Right now, they’re working on a designated driver program where people who have had too much to drink can call and request a ride home.

“You let your friends and family know that if they’re out and they’ve had too much to drink and they need a ride to call you, and we will come and get them,” Stephenson added.

South Georgia FADD wants to give away breathalyzers to the public as well as open a community outreach center, but they need the community’s help.

Stephenson has asked businesses for donations to pay for the breathalyzers. He’s also looking for a space for the center.

In addition, the group plans to teach students the dangers of drinking while driving through a DUI simulator. However, the simulator costs around $20,000.00, so the group is looking for donations to help with that project as well.

If you’d like to donate space or make a contribution towards the simulator, you’re asked to contact Stephenson at faddsouthga@gmail.com.

If you’d like to learn more about the group, South Georgia FADD will host a group meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Moultrie-Colquitt Co. Library located 204 Fifth Street in Moultrie.

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