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Stop D.W.I

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.

Stop DWI


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. 

Victim Impact Panel Registration Form