More than one million people are injured in
alcohol-related traffic crashes each year. Injuries occur once every thirty seconds.
The Clatsop County Victim Impact Panel is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Victim Impact Panels are an effective tool to help reduce the incidence of DUII's and are provided in all Oregon counties. At the insistence of the Judges of the Circuit Court, the program was adopted in Clatsop County in 1994. It is a required class for all DUII offenders.
Victim Impact Panels feature individuals who discuss an impaired driving crash in which they were injured or in which a loved one was killed or injured, and how it has impacted their lives. The purpose of the panels is to individualize and humanize the consequences of impaired driving, to change attitudes and behaviors, and to deter impaired driving recidivism. VIP's also feature First Responders to crash sites who share what they have observed and learned. The panels give victims a healing opportunity to share their stories in a meaningful way. All featured speakers are volunteers who have been impacted in some way by the consequences of impaired driving. For a list of current presenters in Clatsop County, click here.
All revenue generated by the VIP fees paid by participants is used in Clatsop County to enhance various community prevention programs. To view recent grant allocations click here.
The coordinator of the Clatsop County Victim Impact Panel is
Michel Meiffren, M.A., CADC III, ADES.