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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.

 

What is the DUI Victim Impact Panel program?

What does the DUI Victim Impact Panel program do?

Who are the DUI Victim Impact panelists?

How can I volunteer to speak at a DUI Victim Impact Panel?

 

What is the DUI Victim Impact Panel program?

  • 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.

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What does the DUI Victim Impact Panel program do?

  • 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.

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Who are the DUI Victim Impact panelists?

  • 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.

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How can I volunteer to speak at a DUI Victim Impact Panel?

  • 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

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