WHO attends IDIPIC panels?
While the panel was originally designed for those arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and Minor in Possession (MIP), it has potentially-lifesaving messages and accurate drugs and alcohol information. Other attendees include Whidbey driver’s ed. students and their parents, professionals who work with DUI crash victims and/or offenders, military personnel, prospective speakers and the general public.
WHAT is IDIPIC?
IDIPIC is the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County, a 501c3 non-profit that was established in 2000 thanks to the dedication of many concerned individuals. It is comprised of volunteers that include a Board of Directors, panel speakers, helpers, Partners in Prevention and two paid part-time staff members.
Director: Mike Diamanti
Facilitator/Educator: Nichol Rayne
WHAT is a panel? Head and heart knowledge.
First half (head) includes:
* powerful four-minute video
* interactive up-to-date power point presentation
* video that places audience members in a DUI crash
* award-winning seat belt video
Second half (heart) includes:
* Three local volunteer speakers
* Five Minute More story
* Q & A
* A Pledge
* A Favor
WHERE are IDIPIC panels held? For directions check HERE.
Oak Harbor: Hayes Hall 137 next to the Oak Harbor Library. 1000 SE Regatta Drive
Freeland: Grigware Hall, Trinity Lutheran Church. Highway 525
NAS Whidbey Island: Skywarrior Theater. 3730 N Charles Porter Ave.
WHEN are IDIPIC panels held?
Freeland: First Saturday of the month EXCEPT in January or July. / doors open 1245. No late admittance.
Oak Harbor: Check dates HERE.
NAS Whidbey: As scheduled by commands. Call 672-8219 to find out if one is pending or to schedule.
WHY are IDIPIC panels needed?
People suffer on our roads due to DUI every year. Traditional criminal sentencing efforts (fines, jail time, etc) aren’t enough to curb DUI rates. Impact panels are a way to break down the anger and denial of offenders by enabling them to see how others are impacted by DUI. We also have youth experimenting with alcohol, some still in elementary school. These are our future drivers. Influence attitude and you can influence behavior regarding DUI/underage drinking and save lives.
HOW can a panel benefit me?
There are lots of little known facts about DUI and underage drinking. For example, impairment can start with your first drink (both attention and peripheral vision begin to decrease). So yes, you can be arrested and convicted after ONE DRINK. And no, IDIPIC is not a prohibitionist organization. So come to a panel and be enlightened, entertained and empowered! Open and free to all unless court-ordered. Children must be 12 or older due to graphic contact.