4/26/2012 6:00:00 AM Local bikers ride with All Rise America!
KINGMAN - In celebration of National Drug Court Month, several local motorcycle riders will be participating in the first All Rise America! national motorcycle relay.
The relay is sponsored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and celebrates those in recovery. It starts May 1 in Santa Ana, Calif. and ends May 24 in Norfolk, Va.
The 3,000-mile route through 10 states is broken down into 26 legs, with each leg ranging from 60 to 175 miles. The third leg of the relay starts at 7 a.m. May 2 in Kingman with the arrival of the All Rise America! riders at the Mohave County Superior Courthouse, 401 Spring St.
All motorcycle owners are welcome to participate. Those interested in participating should register at www.allriseamerica.org or call Mohave County Assistant Chief Probation Officer Alan Palomino at (928) 753-0741.
Motorcyclists participating in the relay will leave the courthouse at 8 a.m. and will ride to a noon drug court graduation, 200 N. San Francisco St., Flagstaff. The public is also welcome to attend the event and cheer on the riders.
The relay will also stop at 23 other drug and substance treatment courts across the nation.
Each leg of the ride will have one official "gavel bearer" who will lead the ride into the next town toting the All Rise gavel. The gavel is a reminder that all drug courts are connected in their fight, and that when one person rises out of addiction, everyone does.
At each stop on the relay, riders and the public will have the chance to hear an inspiring story from someone who had a substance abuse problem and, with the help of the court, is in the recovery process.
According to studies cited by the NADCP, one in 100 adults in America are behind bars. The U.S. annually spends more than $70 million on incarcerating people. Approximately 80 percent of the people behind bars abuse drugs or alcohol, nearly 50 percent of those are addicted. Once these offenders leave prison, between 60 to 80 percent of them will commit a new crime and 95 percent will start abusing drugs again.
Drug courts are designed to help offenders break the cycle. According to NADCP, there are more than 2,600 drug courts in the U.S. The courts encourage the use of drug treatment to help those with substance abuse problems. The courts serve more than 120,000 people every year and more than 1 million people have graduated from drug courts across the nation.