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Drunk driving featured on ESPN's Outside the Line
By MADD | February 24, 2012| 2 Comments | Filed in: Drunk Driving

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



Submitted by Huck Finn at 05:37 PM on February 24, 2012
By Peter A. Todd 03/21/1999 Our 34th.Anniversary from death 03/21/2010 I look back as if it were just yesterday For that night will never be erased from my mind, The vehicle that was headed straight for us As if the driver has just become blind It smashed into us with tremendous impact So much it tore and embedded our skin To the metal of the dashboard in fact Of our vehicle we were riding to home in But, that was the least of our sorrows As I now tried to burst open my door Through my mind I questioned, Will there be a tomorrow? For my family I so loved and adore My wife, here face now covered with blood and glass Who in their right mind could cause such a thing? The answers were not far to be found in fact From the condition the other driver was in The driver has no concern for my family that was maimed All that was wanted was the bottle within To escape the trouble that the offender was now in So, you might ask yourself, what do I care? Such an accident could never happen to me My friends you must always be aware What is around the next corner, or beyond the next tree! For the drunken drivers, they have no brains It has been consumed by all they drank So if you go out, I hope you will refrain You will always have your loved ones thanks It does not matter the time of the year Nor whether it be day or dark of night Or even if your home is far or near You must keep your senses of clear sight Watch out for the other car You do not know who or what it contains It could be a family like mine or yours Or, the drunken driver who has just drowned his or her brain Night Fright By Peter A. Todd It was the evening of New Years and all through my home You could hear a pin drop as my son answered the phone It’s the Police my son said as he passed it to his mother’s hand Soon dad will be home, won’t that be just grand. They had been waiting for me all night for me to come home I was just out with the guys, getting stoned How was I to know they would be of anguished fright? As they sat with their dreaded fears all through the night They came to the Hospital to see for themselves It seems because of an accident I was not in good health I was in a coma and having bad dreams Oh! Dear God if you could just take away the screams The ringing in my ears if time had no end A deathly message to my mind it does send Why didn’t I listen to my Family I so loved? Then maybe I would not hear these screams from above I was only out with the guys to have a good time It was not my fault I did not see that double line We only had a few drinks, or was it more My mind is so mixed up my head is so sore Why is it that my family and friends seem to be laughing at me? Yet! The tears in their eyes I can plainly see This is not a time to laugh I am in pain It seems to be that they’re all putting the blame on me The room is getting darker I can just about see Why it is this morbid cold air now surrounds me? Open this door can’t you see I am not dead It’s just a slight pain I now have in my head Why won’t they listen to my cries and pleads? If only my heart would beat, instead of bleed At last they have come to set me free Why are they putting these fancy clothes on me? The time is passing so fast I can just about see Why are my loved ones crying over me? All I can hear are their screams and their cries One would think that I had just died Its morning now I must have fallen asleep Why is this new bed they gave me so soft and so deep? At last the pain is gone and I lie here alone Beneath myself dug grave and inscriptive stone Forgive me God I was just out with the guys If I had not had those drinks I would still be alive I should have listened to my children when they said PLEASE DON”T DRINK AND DRIVE DADDY OR SOON YOU WILL BE DE The two poems I have submitted are my gift to MADD . The first one was written after being hit & run in Rockport Mass after my wife was thrown through the windshiels of our care and the Electrical box was dangling above her head. We put the Lights out. and she broke her jaw and was in a coma for three days. The second was a fiction I wrote after being hit 85 miles per hour on Feb.28.1988. After I got my wife out and my daughter , our vehicle was engulfed in flames, both involved drinking while driving, the seconp poem Igave to Madd of Massachusetts and they had it in their magazine
Submitted by jajjaaj at 05:18 PM on February 24, 2012
Why wait for someone to die or another to get caught before installing an ignition interlock? Like airbags, they should be mandatory on ALL vehicles before ANYONE gets behind the wheel drunk.

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