Anti-DWI Nonprofit Struggling to Stay Open

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Stop DWI, Inc. fights drinking and texting while driving through free presentations throughout the Permian Basin.

They're also at every fatal drunk driving accident court hearing they find, serving as free advocates for the victim's families.

They've been doing this since 1995 but for the first time since the nonprofit's birth, they're so tight on money, they can barely afford making rent on their office every month.

"A lot of the grants in the area have gone to some of the larger services," Victim Advocate for Stop DWI, Inc., Phyllis Peek, said. "It takes an average, I would say, between $1,000-$2,000 a month, roughly."

A large amount of drinking and driving court cases have kept them strapped for cash, most recently the trial of Joel Tavarez.

They also work with DPS on victim impact panels, printing all their own materials and educating offenders on the consequences of their actions.

"I've had people come to me years later saying because of that program, it changed their thoughts about drinking and driving," DPS Trooper, John Barton, said.

Stop DWI, Inc. carries around a go-kart that simulates drinking and driving and a trailer containing a wrecked car that was the result of a drunk driving crash.

They carry them to schools, universities, businesses, everywhere they can to promote the end of drinking and driving.

One way to help out their strapped funds is just to find a donated heavy pick-up truck to pull them.

"Small donations for printing supplies, a ream of paper, some ink, just small things," Peek said.

If they're ever forced to scale back, the people they serve would suffer the most.

"The victims would. No one really understands that loss that they suffered unless you've experienced it," Peek said.

"Possibly have to pay for a presentation presented to them on the same topic, just not free of charge," Barton said.

Stop DWI, Inc. wants to see no victim left behind.

"My heart would still know how hurting and how much it is needed," Peek said.

All donations made to Stop DWI, Inc. are tax-deductible.

If you would like to make a donation, you can call them at (432) 687-1355.

You can also mail them to:

Stop DWI, Inc.
P.O. Box 10228
Midland, TX 79702