E. OTHER DUTIES
Safe School Committees: TheWright County Attorney has supported open communication with our schools. That is why the County Attorney has chosen to sit on a number of Safe School Committees throughout the County where they deal with issues that affect the education and safety of our children. The County Attorney has given many presentations to high schools throughout Wright County about the criminal justice system, drugs, alcohol, the opportunities our great country offers, freedom, cost of freedom, what it takes to be a good citizen and the need for education. We all share the common goal that our children receive an education without fearing drugs and violence. One of the issues raised in those committees is truancy. The County Attorney has made the truancy issue a priority within the office. That is why the County Attorney's Office has participated in creating a new truancy diversion program by collaborating with schools, Social Services, Court Services, and the courts to assist families facing truancy issues. The goal of the truancy diversion program is to help families facilitate successful completion of their children's education.
MEADA: Methamphetamine has placed a stranglehold on our criminal justice system and CHIPS (Children in Need of Protective Services). It robs your liberty, kidnaps your soul and holds you prisoner. The County Attorney is proud to have been a founding member in February 2004 of MEADA (Methamphetamine Education and Drug Awareness Coalitiion of Wright County). Most communities within Wright County now have active MEADA chapters. The County Attorney has been a speaker throughout Wright County at various community MEADA events. MEADA is now addressing other drugs, underage drinking, criminal and civil liability for hosting underage parties.
Wright County Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program: This program was created to assist local merchants, at no cost, with bad check losses. It is a diversion program. The goal of the program is to hold check writers accountable and obtain restitution for the victim; all without adding to the administrative and financial burden of the criminal justice system and without any cost to the taxpayers of Wright County. Through December 2007, the County Attorney's Office has collected $202,260 in restitution for victims and has generated $41,732 in revenue for Wright County.
Drive Wright Program: This program was created for certain first time traffic offenses. A person who is charged with certain first time traffic offenses can attend the Drive Wright Roadway Safety Course and not be required to pay the fine for the traffic violation or have a mark on his/her driving record. The course provides an overview of the latest traffic laws and teaches experienced drivers how to be more aware and astute behind the wheel. Patrol deputies may refer people to the course for the following eligible infractions: speeding violations, violation of stop signs, stop lights or yield signs, lane violations, passing violations, failure to signal or illegal turns. Ineligible infractions are: aclohol related violations, parking tickets, multiple violations, property or personal injury crashes, misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony violations or two prior infractions during the past 12 months. If you do receive a Drive Wright citation, you will be given the instructions on where to register. There is a fee for this program.