AADD aims to prevent DUIs with a simple phone call

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  • By Angela Woolen
  • Robins Public Affairs
Here at Robins, bad decisions don't have to lead to severe consequences.

Airmen Against Drunk Driving is available 24/7 to help when civilians or airmen need a lift.

"Our main goal is to prevent DUIs, but we don't turn anyone away," said Master Sgt. Anthony Weiger, 78th Security Forces Squadron unit training manager.

On average, about three people take advantage of this free service each week. Sometimes there are no calls, while other weeks can reach close to half a dozen or more.

"There's a misconception that it's just for active duty airmen. This program encompasses the big 'A,' meaning civilian and dependent Department of Defense ID card holders as well," said Weiger.

Weiger stressed that the service is not something for people to abuse. It isn't a taxi or Uber.

The service isn't there as an every Friday night free ride. Only after plans fall through, such as when a designated driver decides to start drinking, Weiger said.

Volunteers are the heart of the organization. Usually one group of between five to seven volunteer drivers will take a week at a time. A dispatcher takes phone calls and sends a driver. The radius is 30 miles from Robins - which covers the main parts of Macon down to Perry.

Robins currently has about 50 volunteers for the program.

AADD will begin advertising for officer positions later this month through unit reps. Elections will be held at the quarterly meeting Aug. 3. 

"We do whatever it takes to get people home," Weiger said.

The number for AADD is 478-222-0013.

Editor's note: To volunteer, contact Sgt. Weiger at 478-926-2445 or Master Sgt. Tiefton Chatman, Robins AADD president, at 478-926-8142.