Arrive Alive at Georgia Southern

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“Good Decisions…Prevent Collisions” is the motto of Unite Corporation who brought the Arrive Alive tour to Georgia Southern. The tour is here on campus to get students to see the affects of driving while distracted. The simulation has two options: you can simulate drunk driving or texting while driving.

“We’re here to raise awareness against distracted driving and drunk driving. Hopefully get students interested in saving lives in the long run,” Chris Emory, Simulator Tech for Unite Corporation, said.

The simulator is set up outside at the Russell Union rotunda. The simulation involves getting into an SUV, and putting on the simulation glasses that allow you to visualize the beginning of your driving journey.

If you choose the drive drunk, you have to provide your age and how many drinks you would have in an hour. If you choose to text and drive, it’s set up for you to start driving as you would normally. Next, the simulator techs tell you to text a phrase to show you how driving distracted is dangerous.

Students have to take a before and after survey about driving intoxicated and driving distracted. After you participate in the simulation, you will receive a picture pledge of your before and after reactions of your accidents. Make sure to stop by and see the Arrive Alive tour!



MacArthur High School hosted the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE Tuesday, March 3 as a way to teach students about the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving.

Nearly 150 seniors got behind the wheel of the distracted driving simulator that tested their ability to drive while “impaired” using special goggles.

“It was a lot harder than I thought,” said SequoiaRay Kolafa, senior at MacArthur. “It was really scary.”

Each student was tested on a computerized driving course and given a score card with results. Most of them received a “ticket” for speeding, swerving, driving on the wrong side of the road, and failing to stop. Some were “ticketed” for causing a collision or vehicular manslaughter.

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour® program “uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a controlled environment.”




























Students see what it’s like to ‘drink and drive’








SAN ANTONIO — Local students got a chance to see what it is like to drink and drive and text and drive this week.

UNITE’s “Arrive Alive” Tour brought a virtual reality drunk driving and texting simulator to MacArthur High School. Students sat at the wheel while they were trying to text. They also got to ‘drive’ while a special set of glasses simulated drunk driving.

One senior says she thought texting was more distracting.

“I think it’s just as dangerous or maybe more dangerous than drinking and driving to be honest cause I feel like you could crash a whole lot easier since you’re not paying attention,” said senior Shannon Douglas. And a lot could happen in the two second span of what you’re typing.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related deadly crashes.       

Arrive Alive comes to Perryton High School

National Safe Driving Tour Visits Whitesboro

Posted: Oct 13, 2014 6:16 PM EDT

WHITESBORO, TX–We’ve been told repeatedly not to drink or text while driving, but Monday Whitesboro High School students had the chance to experience those scenarios and learn what could happen if their decisions behind the wheel put them in harms way.

Whitesboro teens put on their beer goggles  at school Monday morning and got to see what it feels like to be distracted behind the wheel.

The Arrive Alive Tour made a pit stop in Texoma for the day and offered students two simulator options: drinking and driving or texting and driving.

Arrive Alive team leader Tyler Herbstreith said distracted driving is a serious problem, and leads to the majority of crashes.

“Eighty percent of all accidents are caused by a distracted driver,” said Herbstreith. “That could be anything from eating to putting makeup on in the car, to texting or drinking and driving.”

This is exactly why Whitesboro faculty wanted to bring the program to their students–knowing that many do have dangerous driving habits.

“Programs like this are great for planting a seed, and it gets kids’ attention,” said Vice Sharp, director of intervention services at Whitesboro High.

And their attempt to drive the message home worked.

Junior Breanna Ebbs said: “I drove on the incorrect side of the road, I had a head-on collision, I didn’t stop for a red light. So really, I was so distracted that I didn’t realize anything going on around me.”

Senior Thomas Morales said, “We text and drive all the time, but this thing that we went through today shows you that you shouldn’t.”

Young drivers also said the fake citations were a good way to make them face reality.

“Definitely just be smarter when you’re driving,” said senior Cody Lang. “Think about what you’re doing before you do it.”

About 200 students went through the Arrive Alive simulator today, and almost all of those kids signed a pledge not to get behind the wheel if they’re distracted or have had one too many. Faculty says it’s a program they hope to bring to the school every two  years.

Arrive Alive tour gives drivers the opportunity to experience distracted driving

The Arrive Alive tour puts people in a simulator that allows drivers to experience distracted driving first hand without any consequences.

Wednesday students at Indian Capital Tech got to try out the simulator.

“I want them to think twice when they get in the car and look at their cell phone  because it really can wait there’s nothing more important than their lives or somebody else’s life on the road,” said Tyler Herbstreith, team leader of Arrive Alive tour.

Drivers under 20-years-old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the national highway traffic safety administration.

New program aimed at curbing distracted driving among teens

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 7:32 AM EDTUpdated: Oct 14, 2014 7:32 AM EDT


Teen drivers will get a first-hand look at a new unique program aimed at curbing distracted driving in North Carolina.

Distracted driving accounts for a large number of deadly crashes in our state and across the country.

One of the most common forms of distracted driving among teens is texting while driving.

“On average, a teen will text 790 text messages per month. So a lot of that unfortunately takes place behind the wheel and that attributes to is ‘distracted driving,” said Lt. Jeff Gordon, N.C. Highway Patrol.

A new program called “Arrive Alive” uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of texting while driving.

The simulator allows students to experience the potential consequences of distracted driving in a controlled environment.

“We’re still losing more than 3,000 lives every year and hundreds of thousands are injured because of crashes caused by distraction,” Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

The “Arrive Alive” campaign will be at Duke University Tuesday to give teen drivers an up-close look at the reality of distracted driving.

For some young drivers, just having their phone or other gadgets in the car is too much temptation.

“I put it in the console so I can’t see it, I can’t hear it. I just put it away, so I know not to pick it up, and so that temptation is not there,” said Madison Bell, West Johnston senior.

The “Arrive Alive” program is also designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving as a whole.

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Duke students see DWI ‘crashes’ up-close

Sep. 30, 2014 @ 04:49 PM


A pedestrian is mowed down by a drunken driver.


A storefront window shatters when a texting driver crashes into it.

Fortunately, the accidents weren’t real. They were part of a high-tech simulation Tuesday at Duke University that showed students what it’s like to get behind the wheel and cause death and destruction.

The UNITE Arrive Alive Tour was sponsored by Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, which lost a brother three years ago when a fraternity member drove drunk and crashed near West Campus, killing his passenger.

“This is an important cause for our fraternity,” said Nic Meiring, a Duke senior who helped organize the event off Wannamaker Drive near Wilson Gym. “It’s one that we want to share with the rest of the student body.”

Meiring, 22, said texting while driving can be as dangerous as driving drunk.

“It’s easy to think it won’t happen to you,” Meiring said. “We want people to see the dangers of driving drunk or while texting, and the simulator does a good job of showing firsthand what can happen.”

Chris Bennett, a simulation technician for UNITE, a health and wellness company, explained to students how the stationary Jeep is fitted with sensors on the steering wheel, gas and brake pedals. After Bennett enters computer information about a driver’s age and alcohol consumption, participants don a pair of virtual reality glasses and start “driving.”

Watch out!

As the impaired driver tries to navigate the road, cars and pedestrians appear out of nowhere, but the delayed reaction time makes it hard to swerve out of the way.

The result: Property damage and bloodshed.

Duke senior Margaret Perry crashed into two storefronts after having two drinks during her time behind the wheel. The damage wasn’t real, but the feeling was.

“The demo is kind of fun, but it also makes you stop and think,” she said. “It’s a different, interactive way of educating people.”

Will McClendon, a 21-year-old Duke senior, hit a pedestrian during the demo after he was programmed with a blood alcohol level of 0.1. That got him a “charge” of vehicular manslaughter.

“It just happened, and I didn’t have time to react,” he said. “So it’s definitely pretty scary to think about, even though it was only a computer simulation.”

McClendon said drunken driving is a big problem everywhere, not just at colleges.

“It’s pretty costly, and a stupid mistake that a lot of people make,” he said. “But it’s easily avoidable. Just call a cab or have a designated driver.”

The Arrive Alive Tour continues on West Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

Danger of distracted driving displayed

Virtual reality simulator at ICTC drives home point


Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 12:59 am

All Amanda Garcia did was pick up her smartphone, and she had an “accident” on Indian Capital Technology Center’s Muskogee campus.

Garcia, a 19-year-old ICTC nursing student, tested her texting skills Wednesday inside a simulator at ICTC. The simulator was part of the Arrive Alive Tour, presented by the health and wellness organization Unite.

The simulator used virtual reality headsets to show participants what could happen when they text while driving, said Arrive Alive team leader Tyler Herbstreith. Participants “drive” a parked vehicle and the headsets show what happens when they drive, he said.

“They pull their cell phones out and try to text,” Herbstreith said. “Most people end up crashing.”

Once Garcia got used to the virtual reality, she got out her phone. Then the virtual reality headset showed her having an accident.

Garcia, a Coweta resident, said she knows not to text while driving.

“The only reason I have a phone in the car is to have GPS or to call someone if I have a wreck,” she said.

She said she does get distracted when she checks her GPS.

Herbstreith said distracted driving increases the possibility of having an acciden

Arrive Alive Tour Comes to MVCC

Julia Rose
posted 09/24/2014 06:28 PM
Some M.V.C.C. students got a first-hand look at the dangers of driving under the influence on Wednesday. The Arrive Alive Tour came to campus to show students how drinking alcohol impairs your driving skills.

Kids sat in the driver seat of a special car, put on glasses that simulate being drunk behind the wheel and took a virtual drive.

College representatives say this is an issue that is especially important among college students.

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