By Terry Kovarik
Wisconsin Courts have various options when it comes to dealing with people caught driving under the influence. Those range from interlock devices to license suspensions to jail time. But one approach is in short supply: People willing to share their stories of how impaired drivers have upended their lives. Victim Impact Panels bring victims fact-to-face with violators to show the impact of reckless behavior. But Door County Circuit Judge D. Todd Ehlers says the panels need a few more people willing to share their stories.
Ehlers says one of the most persuasive people to step forward was a woman who drove under the influence….and killed one of her children. He said her account brought tears to the eyes of some of the offenders.