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appendix three

offender testimonials

This presentation was pretty deep and went to the heart. I have a daughter myself who is only three years old and I know it would be hell not to have her on this earth. Thank you.

The panel made me look at things in a different light. I realize now how much I took things for granted. It can so easily be taken away. I was lucky that I DID get caught. One thing I can now say is that I will never drink and drive again. After attending the panel, I think it should be required for every Marine.

I came as a visitor with my boyfriend. These programs affect people greatly. I know it did for my boyfriend. He would like to speak like that. Hopefully someday, he will.

Stories by living people make a lot more impact than movies.

I realize how difficult it was for these people to share their experience. I think this should be kept as part of the sentence/treatment. It brings a realism that few other programs can.

Gut wrenching -- especially the story about the women and her two children. I'm a mother, and that's the kind of story I was afraid to hear about.

I believe a class like this should be mandatory before anyone should be able to get a driver's license. As sobering as this is, when you are confronted face to face with victims, I for one will never drink and drive.

I feel this panel will help people to understand how much damage is done by someone drinking and driving . . . I am a recovering alcoholic and addict and I have driven while drunk. I thank God that I never hurt anyone because of my addictions, and this panel has helped secure my sobriety. It was a painful but learning experience. Thank you very much.

Very well done. This sort of program should be taken into the schools somehow at the Jr. High level. I'm glad I came with my husband who is a recovering alcoholic. We are recovering together, although I don't drive at all. Bless you all!

I can't express the words I feel. There is no excuse for what I did, but I promise you all that I will never drink and drive again as long as I live.

The program really hit home base. The reality of the situation blew my mind. I feel that more of this kind of thing (victims panel) shouldn't be only for drunk driving offenders, but for the general public.

It opened my eyes. In a way, I've never seen the possibilities of what could have happened to me. I was really touched by the presentations.

Keep the class going. At first I didn't know what the class would be like, but I know a lot more than I ever thought I would learn in one hour.

The stories tonight have touched me deeply. I'll never drink and drive again after seeing the pain those people have gone through.

Remorse overcame me. Sorry is not good enough for the insensitive act I carried out. I am more determined than ever to never drive after drinking, even after half a drink. I'd like to come again. Thank you for sharing.

I believe this is a very good program. Instead of trying to cram a bunch of statistics and garbage down our throats, we were shown the harsh reality in a personal way and left to draw our own conclusions.

I have been going to AA and am in a suburban hospital's alcohol abuse program. I have been shocked at the information I have received. However, the Impact Panel is the most eye opening. I had always heard that MADD was a bunch of radicals, but I will certainly dispel any thoughts like that now. One young man sitting next to me was quite cynical at the beginning, yet throughout the evening he whispered that the stories were so sad. It seems now that not only did you reach me and touch me, but many others as well. I will never ever drive again under the influence of any drug. And I will keep mothers who have shared your tragedy in my thoughts and prayers.

A young female offender, after attending a Victim Impact Panel, wrote a letter of appreciation to her local newspaper. One of the panel victims responded with a supportive thank you letter to the young woman. The offender then wrote back:

Thank you so much for writing me. As I read your letter to my husband, we both cried. My heart goes out to you now at holiday time.

I admire you all so much for what you are doing. I know that someday you will be reunited with your dear child and I hope you can take some comfort in that.

I feel so sad for every time I drank and then drove a car. I never even stopped to consider what I was really doing until I had the opportunity to hear the Panel. I can't remember when I felt so broken inside. My life is changed because you and others had the courage to come let us feel your pain. Damn, I wish I could bring your little girl back. Please forgive me. I have a daughter her age, and I just can't quit crying. Please keep up the good work. You are making a difference. I don't deserve your kindness.

 

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