‘Road To Reality’ Anti-Drunk Driving Event Planned in Plainfield
PLAINFIELD, IL — District 202 will host its fifth annual “Road to Reality,” a unique program graphically illustrating the consequences of teen drunken driving, from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 26. The free program will be held at Plainfield North High School, 12005 S. 248th St. All District 202 seventh- through 12th-graders and their parents or adult guardians are encouraged to attend. The program is not recommended for children under age 10 due to its graphic nature.
Refreshments will be available, and several prizes, including laptop computers, tablets, high school parking passes and $50 discounts on drivers’ education fees, will also be raffled.
The award-winning “Road to Reality” is an innovative and powerful educational program that illustrates the consequences of drunken driving.
Participants will “depart” on their journey at 15-minute intervals starting at 6 p.m. They will witness six scenes illustrating the fallout from drunk driving, including: a party, a car crash, a tragic trip to the hospital, a coroner’s visit to deliver the tragic news, a bedroom filled with regret and a sentencing in a courtroom.
This program is very popular, so attendees are urged to arrive by 7 p.m. to guarantee a departure time. Several PNHS students and numerous outside resources are working together to make this event as realistic as possible.
Officials from the Will County Coroner, Judge’s Association, the Plainfield Fire and Police departments and Edward Hospital emergency room doctors and trauma nurses will play key roles to help send the message.
“Teen drinking and driving has serious consequences for students and their families alike,” said PNHS Catalyst Director Tammy Curry.
“We continue to do this program each year to give parents and students a way to talk about this this issue,” she said. “In the end we want adolescents to not drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a vehicle, and anything we can do to help achieve that goal is worth doing.”
“Road to Reality” will also feature representatives of the:
- Will County State’s Attorney
- Will County Sheriff’s Department
- Illinois State Police
- Canadian National Railroad
- Operation Lifesaver
- Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM)
- Illinois Secretary of State’s Office
- Edward Hospital
- Gateway Foundation
- Will County 12th Judicial Circuit Court
- Plainfield Fire and Police departments
- Will County Coroner’s Office
- Linden Oaks Behavioral Health
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving