Victim Impact Panels

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    A VICTIM IMPACT PANEL (VIP) IS A VOLUNTEER GROUP OF DWI VICTIMS AND SURVIVING FAMILY MEMBERS WHO SPEAK TO AUDIENCES ABOUT THE LIFE ALTERING CONSEQUENCES OF IMPAIRED DRIVING.

    Panelists convey a variety of perspective:

    • DWI Survivors tell of the grief and painful changes they endure as the result of losing a family member or friend in a DWI crash.
    • DWI victims describe the injuries they suffered, and continue to endure, from a DWI Crash.

    VIP Presentations are made to all types of groups including:

    • General audiences
    • High school students
    • In some areas Judges order DWI offenders to attend a VIP in order to emphasize the possible consequences of DWI.

    Victim Impact Panels occur at varying intervals in each county. To gather information about a VIP in your area, click your county’s site in “County Initiatives” for contact information.

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New York’s STOP-DWI program is the Nations’ first and, to date, only self-sustaining impaired driving program. Other States have implemented components of self-sufficiency, but none to the degree of New York State.