This Sunday, ESPN will air an episode of Outside the Lines (a program that examines critical issues in American sports on and off the field of play) focusing on the case of repeat drunk driving offender, Reggie Rogers. Rogers was an All-American defensive end and a first round draft pick for the Detroit Lions.
In 1988, Rogers ran a red light at 60 MPH and crashed his car into another vehicle, killing three teenagers. Rogers was drunk behind the wheel, but he served less than 13 months in prison for negligent homicide.
Bob Willett, the father of Kenny Willett, who was killed in the crash, is an active volunteer for MADD Michigan, and is featured in the Outside the Lines episode. View a preview of the episode featuring Bob Willett sharing his story of the night Kenny and his cousins were killed.
Rogers' first DUI arrest came while he was a football player for the University of Washington, and in the fall of 2011, Rogers was sentenced to one year in jail following his sixth DUI conviction.
This episode of Outside the Lines airs Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. EST.
MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers in order to reduce this type of reckless recidivism. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ignition interlocks, on average, reduce drunk driving recidivism by 67 percent.
For more information about the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, visit www.madd.org/campaign.