DUI Victim Impact Panel Participation
The DUI Victim Impact Panel program is an awareness program for offenders convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- The DUI Victim Impact Panel program is an awareness program for offenders convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Offenders attend a four-hour educational session, then attend the Victim Impact Panel presentation.
- The Victim Impact Panel consists of a non-confrontational presentation by individuals who volunteer to tell their own personal stories of how impaired drivers forever changed their lives.
- The program teaches offenders first-hand about the trauma, physical pain, emotional suffering, and devastation that is experienced by innocent victims and their family members as a result of a DUI-related crash.
- The panel presents a unique perspective to the offender that is often overlooked or simply cannot be taught by the courts or traditional DUI offender classes.
- A high percentage of those who attend the one-time meeting ultimately learn to empathize with victims and the lifelong consequences they suffer as a result of this crime.
- Offenders become aware that the true issue of driving under the influence is not just about being arrested, but about thousands of senseless and preventable injuries and deaths.
- Each offender attending the meeting becomes aware of the potential tragedy he or she might have caused on the day of the crash.
- This insight can make a definite and positive impact on the offender’s future behavior.
- Panel Members are those whose lives have been affected by a drunk or impaired driver - mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, neighbors - anyone who has been touched as a result of a DUI-related crash.
- Panelists need only speak from the heart.
- Most speakers have found participating in this program has been very rewarding.
- If you, or someone you know, has been harmed by a DUI offender and might be willing to become a volunteer speaker for a DUI Victim Impact Panel in your area, please contact: Victims services at (888) 810-1847 or email Amy Holloway