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The Impact of a Victims’ Impact Panel

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February 26, 2010

Many times as DUI offenders are leaving the Victims’ Impact Panel (VIP) they will stop and express their feelings to the panel speakers as they leave the program.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma knows that its VIP programs are making an impact on DUI offenders by what is expressed by the DUI offenders as they walk away from one of our programs.
One DUI offender had this to say:  “I realize that not only did I put my life in jeopardy but other innocent victims as well.  I have two daughters that are my life and this is something that I will emphasize when I leave here tonight.  I will definitely think twice before I get behind the wheel.  I was a methamphetamine user for 16 years, got clean, and turned to alcohol thinking that it was different because it was ‘legal’ when really it was that much worse because it was ‘legal.’  I am so sorry for your loss.”
After attending a Victims’ Impact Panel program in McAlester, another DUI offender had the following to say:  “I have two sons, ages 16 and 14.  My oldest son has his driver’s license and it won’t be long before my youngest son has his.  The story by Mr. Green and Lance is something I have been worried about for a long time.  I personally don’t drink very often, but it only takes one time, and the one time I got caught.  I pray my children use the right choice if they are in a situation of driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver.”

Many times as DUI offenders are leaving the Victims’ Impact Panel (VIP) they will stop and express their feelings to the panel speakers as they leave the program.  Victims’ Impact Panel of Oklahoma knows that its VIP programs are making an impact on DUI offenders by what is expressed by the DUI offenders as they walk away from one of our programs.

One DUI offender had this to say:  “I realize that not only did I put my life in jeopardy but other innocent victims as well.  I have two daughters that are my life and this is something that I will emphasize when I leave here tonight.  I will definitely think twice before I get behind the wheel.  I was a methamphetamine user for 16 years, got clean, and turned to alcohol thinking that it was different because it was ‘legal’ when really it was that much worse because it was ‘legal.’  I am so sorry for your loss.”

After attending a Victims’ Impact Panel program in McAlester, another DUI offender had the following to say:  “I have two sons, ages 16 and 14.  My oldest son has his driver’s license and it won’t be long before my youngest son has his.  The story by Mr. Green and Lance is something I have been worried about for a long time.  I personally don’t drink very often, but it only takes one time, and the one time I got caught.  I pray my children use the right choice if they are in a situation of driving drunk or riding with a drunk driver.”

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