Lincoln-Way Central to present "Road to Reality"
Friday, September 23, 2016

On Tuesday, September 27, Lincoln-Way Central Athletics and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) will be presenting a united front about the consequences of drinking and driving. During Homecoming Week, PPS invites sophomore athletic teams, current driver’s education students and clubs to view "Road to Reality."

High school students, community organizations and emergency personnel participate by role-playing scenes along the "Road," beginning with a teen party where students are drinking and make the unwise decision to get into a car.

The first tour will leave promptly from the Lincoln-Way Central Lee Rosenquist Auditorium at 4:30 p.m. Each tour is forty-five minutes long, and tours will leave every twenty minutes. The final tour will leave at 6:10 p.m. While waiting for the tours to begin, students will be able to browse resource tables and talk to educators in the field of safety and substance abuse located in the cafeteria.

The first stop along the tour is the “party scene” where poor choices begin. Next is the "accident scene." This scene shows the result of the teen's poor choice to drive while under the influence of alcohol. A donated car, emergency personnel, Jaws of Life, and law enforcement will be present. The scene following the accident will portray an emergency room, complete with local hospital ER staff and equipment.

Next, those on tour will visit the "regret room" where a teen expresses deep remorse about the consequences associated with her decision to drink and drive. The group will then move to the "courthouse" scene to observe the sentencing of the teen driver. A Will County Judge will charge the teen with DUI and involuntary manslaughter. The final and most moving scene is the "coroner," where parents and students will observe the difficult job of dealing with the aftermath of lost life. Participants will observe the heartache of the parents who have lost their child due to the decisions of the drunk driver.

"This is a moving and impactful event,” says Associate Principal Beth McNamara. "We always encourage students, parents, and community members to attend. We hope that it will continue to help steer students toward smart decision making."