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Orange County MADD Victims Impact Panel

Orange County's MADD Victims Panel program began in 1987 when their first pilot panel was presented to 100 people who were recruited through a local counseling center. MADD secured the support of local judges and worked with the Orange County Probation department to develop a process for participant referrals. The program was quickly formatted and implemented.

In Orange County, MADD works with five Orange County courts in operating the Victim Impact Panels. Three Panels are offered in English each month and one Panel is offered in Spanish every other month.

The idea of the VIP is based upon the fact that most actions taken against the drunk driving offenders focus on punishment. This basically allows the offender to feel as if they are victims of the judicial system, and therefore they often rationalize the DUI arrest as simply bad luck, especially if incident did not involve an accident with injuries.

The Victim’s Impact Panel (VIP) involves a meeting of drivers convicted of alcohol-related violations and/or crashes that are hosted by victims of DIU-related incidents, whose lives have been greatly affected by crashes involving drunk driving.

In Orange County, the audience generally consists of those who have already been sentenced and are currently attending the Panel as part of their probation. The VIP volunteer speakers generally consist of a law enforcement officer who will introduce and conclude the session, with up to three victims and possibly one DUI offender who will relate their experiences with driving under the influence.

The aim of the Orange County MADD Panel is to expose the DUI offender to the devastation, pain and grief of others who have been hurt by an automobile accident involving alcohol that either injured them or a killed family member or other loved one.

DUI offenders who have been ordered by an Orange County court to attend a MADD Victims Impact Panel and do not attend a session are not in compliance with the court order. A notice of non-compliance will be recorded and an arrest warrant can be issued for failure to attend.

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