The New York State STOP-DWI Program in Schenectady County is run by the Schenectady County Sheriff's Office and provides local programs to meet the goals of reducing alcohol/drug-related driving injuries and fatalities. These include education for school and community groups, support for victims, training for professionals, videos, tools and resources.
Victim Impact Panels
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.
Registration is required to attend a Victim Impact Panel in Schenectady County.