The Victim Impact Panel is an awareness program for offenders convicted of a misdemeanor for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The panel presents a unique perspective to the offender that is often overlooked or simply cannot be taught by the courts and the DUI offender. The program offers a non-confrontational presentation consisting of crime victims telling their own personal stories of how impaired drivers forever changed their lives.
The Victim’s Impact Panel is sponsored by the Probation Department’s DWI Enforcement Unit and Mother’s Against Drunk Driving in conjunction with the Office of Drug Prevention and STOP-DWI. A presentation is given by probation officers and is usually preceded or followed by a MADD member who talks about the tragic events that led to the loss of their loved one.
Participants who have been convicted of alcohol-related offenses and those on probation for Driving While Intoxicated are required to pay $75 to attend. It has been determined that these panels have led to a decrease in the recidivism rate of the attendees.
All panels will be held at the Westchester County Center, Tarrytown Road in White Plains. Attendees are requested to sign in at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be admitted after 7 p.m.
As stated above, a $75 fee is required for individuals who are mandated to attend. Family members or guests pay $10. Individuals, who are required to attend, are encouraged to bring family members or friends.
Dates for 2014 are listed below; every date is a Thursday.