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OVC TTAC: 11. Drunk and Impaired Driving
11. Drunk and Impaired Driving
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Time Required: 2.5 hours

This unit discusses drunk and impaired driving and its effects on victims. People who drive in a drunk or impaired condition create a major problem in our country today.

  • Vehicular homicide is the most frequent form of murder in America.

  • At any time, there are 10 impaired drivers that share the road with you.

  • Drivers with a prior DUI offense have a much higher likelihood of being in a fatal crash.

  • More than 17,000 Americans die each year in alcohol-related crashes, and 600,000 Americans are injured.

  • Three out of every 10 Americans face the possibility of being directly involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash during their lifetime.


  • What Is ...? This section covers a particular crime and provides definitions of relevant Words To Know.

  • In the News: Crime Trends asks participants to examine crime statistics and talk about any they find surprising.

  • Examples of .... This section provides case studies of crime victims and asks participants to consider, through either discussion or writing exercises, how they would feel if they or one of their family members was a victim of this crime.

  • What's the Impact of ...? This section asks participants to consider the ripple effect of crime in four areas of impact: financial, physical, emotional, and religious/spiritual.

  • Listen and Learn. Participants watch a DVD clip that illustrates the impact of a crime on the victim and then discuss it as a group.

  • Being Accountable for Your Crimes. Participants read sample accountability statements, then discuss and write their own.

  • Guest victim speaker.

  • Discussion/Wrap-Up.

In addition to these sections, each unit includes optional exercises if time permits.

Unit 11 Additional Exercises

  • “Cindi” Impact Statement (replay DVD clip prior to this writing exercise)

  • “Gregory” Areas of Impact Activity

  • “Bud” Drunk Driving Role Play

  • Newspaper/Internet Story (participants apply learning to an actual case)


  • Define drunk and impaired driving.

  • Provide examples of drunk and impaired driving.

  • Describe current trends for drunk and impaired driving.

  • Explain the impact of drunk and impaired driving on victims.

  • Discuss thoughts and feelings about being held accountable for drunk or otherwise impaired driving.

Unit-Specific Downloads

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Training Manuals

*PDFs of the full curriculum are in the Presenter's Toolbox.


DVD clip. Drunk Driving—Cindi

Video clips for the full curriculum are in the Presenter's Toolbox.


Read the trainer's materials included on the unit pages well before presenting the course to your audience; these materials contain preparation instructions essential to an effective training.


Create a folder for Victim Impact: Listen and Learn on your computer and download all the files you'll need in that folder rather than using the Victim Impact: Listen and Learn Web site during the training. To download files, right click on the file and select "save target as."