PENN YAN — The Yates County STOP DWI program held its fall sufferer impression panel Sept. 27 within the county workplace constructing auditorium, with Covid-19 protocols in place.
County Sheriff Ron Spike, who chairs the panel job power, mentioned the county has two panels annually and has performed greater than 25 over time.
“Our mission is to have driving beneath the affect by alcohol or drug offenders perceive the human issue of victimization that impaired driving could cause others affected by a associated crash and the way lives, households and buddies are ceaselessly altered by not considering and making a foul option to drink or take unlawful medication after which drive a motorcar,” Spike mentioned.
All courts within the county, when sentencing impaired driving offenders, make attending the panel a situation of the sentence. That’s required by state site visitors legal guidelines.
Thirty-three court-ordered offenders had been a part of the autumn program, in addition to native officers and several other visitors. The night’s panel speaker was Marianne Angelillo, a married mom of 4 from Skaneateles.
Angelillo speak, “Sharing My Stones,” was about her 17-year-old son, Matthew, who was killed in a 2004 crash involving a drunk driver. Spike mentioned Angelillo has turned her grief right into a marketing campaign of consciousness for folks and youths to forestall comparable tragedies.
Angelillo has been acknowledged by the New York State Governor’s Site visitors Security Committee and has been the recipient of the STOP-DWI Neighborhood Involvement Award.
“Marianne’s household victimization could be very compelling, and people in attendance definitely realized how her life and household was ceaselessly impacted by somebody not considering and driving drunk,” Spike mentioned.
“If we will change behaviors and attitudes then good selections will change unhealthy ones, for if not the implications could be lethal,” added Linda Wright, coordinator of the sufferer impression panel.