The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded its Champion of Highway Safety Award to Lynn Epps, the former Cherokee County's DUI/Drug Court coordinator.
Epps was bestowed the honor on Aug. 20 in Savannah based upon the success the drug court has seen in the last eight years.
Cherokee County's DUI/Drug Court's recidivism rate remains lowest across the state. The court was organized in March 2005 by Epps as well as Cherokee County Chief State Court Judge C.J. Gober, who has since retired.
Epps served as the court's coordinator until she was promoted earlier this year to the position of court administrator for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit.
Key tenants of the program include:
- substance abuse treatment with participant accountability, enhanced supervision, and continued judicial monitoring by requiring random drug and alcohol testing;
- intensive substance abuse treatment;
- required self-help meetings;
- meetings with their probation officer;
- random home visits by the Compliance Officer; and
- coming before the judge twice each month to review program compliance.
"With the leadership of Judge Jordan and Hamby, there is no doubt this program will continue to be the best in the state," Epps said. "They both care about the citizens of Cherokee County, the quality of the program and the success of the participants."