Oregon Impact began in 1987 following approval by the Oregon Legislature of a law allowing judges to require individuals convicted for driving while intoxicated to attend a presentation by victims of crashes caused by offenders as a condition of probation or diversion. Over 20 dedicated volunteers contribute to the success of the DUII Impact Panel, which provides 21 presentations each year for court-ordered offenders including sessions geared exclusively for youth and Latinos. These high-impact presentations have provided education to over thousands of violators of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) laws since the program’s inception.
It became our mission to prevent drivers from ever getting to a panel before being more aware of the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication and the impact that has on families, children and the community.
Oregon Impact speakers are volunteers whose lives have been impacted by alcohol and DUII crashes. They describe their loss and sorrow as a result of such incidences and share their grief over losses caused by death, injuries, or separation from loved ones. Our work also represents the perspectives of those who work directly with crash or trauma scenes and victims, as well as offenders who personalize the DUII statistics, and put a face on the offense. Our offenders share their feelings of responsibility and grief over their senseless crime.
Oregon Impact is in the business of saving lives by building awareness to the risks of DUII.