YouImpact founder and developer Anna Van Zee Redgate passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in April of this year. A mother of three children and a beacon of light for positivity and change in her community, she left a legacy of hope and an unwavering commitment to making a difference. YouImpact was deeply personal for Anna. She and two of her children were hit by a repeat-offender drunk driver in Palm Beach County on New Year’s Day in 2000. Her 9-month […]
The precepts of a healthy criminal justice system dictate punishment for offenders and recompense for victims. In an idealized society, those tenets rectify the wrongs done by offenders and set aright the course of proper civilized behavior. And this applies particularly to impaired driving offenses. However, reality – and the existential human struggle to correct an imperfect judiciary system – delivers an ugly indictment of a process riddled with tragic flaws: too many offenders returning to their offenses as victims’ […]
You’ve likely heard about victim impact panels or witnessed them on television or in movies. Often a person is required to take part in such a panel because they’ve been arrested and charged with impaired driving or other offenses. Attending a victim impact panel is part of their sentence. Upon arrival, they meet others like themselves who are required to attend for similar reasons. As the panel discussion begins, victims of impaired driving or the relatives of victims speak out […]
A new Textalyzer device, proposed by the state of New York, is the latest weapon being put forward in the fight against distracted driving. Much like the breathalyzer, the Textalyzer would enable law enforcement personnel to check the cell phones of drivers involved in accidents. A bill proposing the Textalyzer is currently moving through the New York State Legislature. Here at YouImpact, which offers an online course built on the concept of victim impact panels, we applaud legislation like this […]
YouImpact is committed to the reduction in recidivism of impaired and reckless driving defendants. We target those who have first-time offenses and even repeat offenders and try to instill in them a sense of personal responsibility and also responsibility to the community to make responsible and healthy choices.
Our program consists of an online course which features the stories of victims and defendants that highlight how one destructive decision can create a ripple effect that has an impact on the whole community. The defendants’ stories focus on the importance of accountability and the need to change future behavior.
The blog will touch on issues that relate to driving impaired and our goals. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one person dies every 53 minutes in America from impaired driving.1 We will share blog articles with practical information about impaired driving and the continued efforts to reduce the number of incidents and victims, as well as emotional stories told in the first person by those impacted by those behaviors.
YouImpact’s online program is one of the best programs of its kind. The innovative, education-based approach follows victim impact best practice guidelines. Hundreds of former participants have credited the class with changing the way they think about impaired or reckless driving. They have pledged to change their behavior and not repeat these dangerous choices they once made. Statistics show that online programs like YouImpact can help reduce recidivism by 35 percent.
If you have any questions about the program or if you would like to learn how to offer the program in your jurisdiction, please feel free to contact us today.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention