The Victim Impact Panel (VIP) was created to reduce DUI (driving under the influence) injuries and fatalities in Whatcom County. Speakers share personal stories about how a DUI impacted them, either personally or through the loss or injury of a loved one. The VIP has a history of providing a powerful voice about the consequences of impaired driving. The panel exposes honest realities of impaired driving and creates appreciation for the seriousness of driving while impaired.
VIP speakers deliver panels every 4-5 weeks (see schedule below). Panels are held in the County Courthouse and consist of 2 or 3 speakers who, in a non-accusatory manner, describe the emotional, social, financial, and/or other effects a DUI has caused in their lives.
The Whatcom County Health Department is always looking for new panelists. If you have been impacted by a DUI and are interested in speaking on the panel, please contact the panel coordinator at 360-778-6049.
All panels are held in the council chambers of the county courthouse at 311 Grand Ave in Bellingham, WA.
Language interpretation services are available at no cost. Please call 360-778-6049 at least one week before the panel to make arrangements for an interpreter.
To receive a certificate of attendance, attendees must pay and register before attending and arrive with a photo ID. Registration can be in person at the Health Department (509 Girard Street) until 4:30 the day of the panel. Online registration is available until midnight the day before the panel. Do not register online the day of the panel - your registration will not be processed that day!
Guests and the general public are welcome to attend free of charge, although the material may be unsuitable for young children.