Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a choice. It is a choice that kills, maims, and injures innocent people.
We are challenged as never before to keep our community roadways safe.
When we help DUI crime victims and their families navigate the judicial system as a means of releasing grief and anger and healing, we have made the world a more peaceful place to live.
When we help youth become responsible, educated drivers and prevent underage drinking, we have improved individuals, and the future of our community.
When a severely disabled person regains purpose and overcomes the powerless feeling of victimization, we unlock their full productivity.
Help us help victims of the number one judicial and social problem faced by our society — child by child, family by family, neighbor by neighbor.
The Kansas DUI Impact Center was started in 1987 by Executive Director, Mary Ann Khoury. She started the Center after a childhood friend, three months pregnant with her third child, was hit by a repeat offending drunk driver who ran through a red light in Wichita.
The friend and unborn child were in a coma for over two months before passing away. Khoury, who was also hit by a drunk driver in 1971, realized there were no support groups or help for victims of drunk driving automobile crashes in the Wichita, Sedgwick County area. She decided something had to be done.
After countless hours of research, and abundant support from family and friends, she established the Kansas DUI Impact Center. Although it took several years, the Center has evolved. It began in a family room with an answering machine. It is now in a downtown office with a full-time staff.
The Kansas DUI Impact Center of Kansas is the only comprehensive program in the Wichita and Sedgwick County area. It’s expanding programs throughout the state, providing services to victims of DUI crimes.
While still concentrating on victim services, other important focuses today are education and prevention.