Lincoln-Way West Students Learn Impact of Drinking and Driving
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Every year 3,000 teens lose their life in a fatal car accident. Nearly a quarter of those involve underage drinking and driving.
Sophomores at Lincoln-Way West got an authentic look at the tragic consequences of teen drinking and driving through the “Road to Reality” program.

“Road to Reality” shows the impact of drunk driving through a series of live and recorded scenes by student actors, police and fire officials, emergency room staff, and a judge. The scenes unfold as teens begin at a party with alcohol and make the decision to drive. Three teens are injured and two more are killed after they get in a car accident. The driver, who had been drinking, gets arrested and is sentenced in front of a judge.

“This was a good kid. She made a series of bad choices and at the end of the day killed two people,” said 12th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Barbara Petrungaro. “You’re starting to drive. We want you to understand how serious this really is.”

“Road to Reality” was a success due to the cooperation between all of the New Lenox organizations including Lincoln-Way West, the New Lenox Police Department, ESDA, the New Lenox Fire Department, Channel 6, Silver Cross Emergency Room, Judge Petrungaro from Will County Court, and Superior Towing.