Victim Impact Panels
The MADD Victim Impact Panel Program is an awareness program for offenders convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The panels consist of a non-confrontational presentation consisting of crime victims telling their own personal stories of how impaired drivers forever changed their lives. The panel presents a unique perspective to the offender that is often overlooked or simply cannot be taught by the courts and the DUI offender schools.
The program was created with one purpose in mind: to show offenders first-hand about the trauma, physical pain, emotional suffering and devastation, financial loss, anger and frustration that is commonly experienced by innocent victims and their family members resulting from a DUI-related crash.
Effective 7/31/09 Arkansas offenders whose arrest date is ON or AFTER 7/31/09, and whose licenses have been suspended through Arkansas Driver Control will be required to attend a MADD Victim Impact Panel before the license can be reinstated. If your arrest date was BEFORE 7/31/09, the new requirement does not apply to you, UNLESS ordered by a judge.
For dates, times, and other details about panels in your area, please visit the MADD Arkansas website www.armadd.org or call the MADD Arkansas Office at 501.246.8810 or 855.227.6233.