Impact Dwi A community action and advocacy organization, which puts an emphasis on ending DWI and alcohol abuse in New Mexico.

About Impact DWI

In 2017 we conducted 11 DWI Victim Impact Panels. Total attendance was down 17% from 421 last year to 351 this year. We collected $14,036 from the 351 clients who paid. Everyone eventually paid.

We funded The Friendship Club $2000, Youthworks and Recovery Santa Fe each $1500, Warehouse 21, The SF Recovery Center and Juan’s Sober House each for $1000. $650 to the Santa Fe Prevention Alliance for incentives for teachers attending substance use prevention training.


Impact DWI Officers

Executive Director 

Tom Starke

President

Margaret Oster

Vice President

Richard DeMella

Secretary

Juan Valdez

Vice President for Finance

Patty Owens
 

Legal Council

William Waggoner

Youth Program Coordinators
•  Margaret Oster • Richard DeMella

Board Members

•Allan Wheeler • Tiffany Owens • Juan Valdez • Mary Strammel • Mike Martinez • Margaret Oster • Richard DeMella

•Tom Starke • Patty Owens • Will Waggoner • Dick Roth Karin Roth • Bill Zunkel • Erica Abeyta • Jim Ray • Anita Guillen

 

Website Design and Administration / Youth Program Development - Margaret Oster

 

For more detailed information on our 2017 accomplishments, please click on the link below.
Impact DWI 2018 Annual Meeting 

We contribute to the following:
Prevention
Consuming alcohol prior to driving greatly increases the risk of car accidents, highway injuries, and vehicular deaths. The greater the amount of alcohol consumed, the more likely a person is to be involved in an accident. When alcohol is consumed, many of the skills that safe driving requires – such as judgment, concentration, comprehension, coordination, visual acuity, and reaction time – become impaired.
Drugged driving poses similar threats to public safety because drugs have adverse effects on judgment, reaction time, motor skills, and memory. When misused, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and illegal drugs can impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory.
Our Victim Impact Panel addresses the audience's arrest in a non-judgmental manner and proceeds to educate them about "What is a Drink", setting up a table with mock samples of beer, wine, and liquor.
Treatment
Enforcement
DWI Checkpoints
We often participate in DWI Checkpoints. Our presence is an incentive and support to the Law Enforcement Officers who diligently work to insure the safety of our citizens.
Officers target higher traffic areas to reduce and deter incidents of drunken driving. Upon suspicion, the stopped driver is required to exit the vehicle and take a roadside sobriety test that requires the demonstration of both mental and balance skills.
Saturation Patrols
Saturation Patrols are aimed at arresting a greater fraction of DWI offenders in a specific area.
Impact DWI has funded the Santa Fe City Police to support additional overtime officers to do DWI patrols in an areas of high drinking for 4 hours between 10pm and 2am on 16 Friday evenings. Our goal is 1 or more DWI arrest per 4 hour shift.
Impact DWI uses some of the proceeds generated from our Victim Impact Panels to contribute to the purchase of police equipment.
Substance abuse treatment, a common requirement for DWI offenders, can be an extended process with setbacks and relapses because while the individual is healing an alcohol problem, he may still drink and drive.
An ignition interlock provides a safety net to greatly reduce the possibility that such setbacks result in impaired driving by preventing recidivism while treating the underlying problem for the future when the device is no longer present.
However, many people misunderstand addiction, and think of it as a moral failure or a lack of willpower, instead of a complex brain disease, that greatly affects neurotransmission and interactions within reward structures of the brain.
For individuals who seek high quality and effective recovery, there are many personalized treatment facilities located in Santa Fe along with long term support provided by Alcoholics Anonymous who is an international organization for alcoholics that offers mutual support to members to help them overcome their dependency.
Preventing Alcohol and Drug Abuse starts here!

You can make a real difference in the lives of the youth in our community. When you make a donation to YouthWorks, you’re helping young people prepare for a brighter future. When you volunteer, you’re extending our staff’s ability to reach even more young people in our community.