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Arrive Alive visits Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus to inform students about impaired driving

March 9, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

Georgia Perimeter College student Jarred Todd attempts to maneuver a virtual road course on a program designed to simulate driving under the influence of alcohol. The Arrive Alive Tour visited Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus on Wednesday, bringing the simulator for students to demonstrate the dangers of distracted and intoxicated driving. By wearing goggles that display an electronically simulated roadway, students were able to mimic driving under the influence, as well as texting while driving. Arrive Alive visits schools throughout the country to inform students about the consequences — both immediate and legal — of distracted and drunk driving. (Staff Photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Georgia Perimeter College student Jarred Todd attempts to maneuver a virtual road course on a program designed to simulate driving under the influence of alcohol. The Arrive Alive Tour visited Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus on Wednesday, bringing the simulator for students to demonstrate the dangers of distracted and intoxicated driving. By wearing goggles that display an electronically simulated roadway, students were able to mimic driving under the influence, as well as texting while driving. Arrive Alive visits schools throughout the country to inform students about the consequences — both immediate and legal — of distracted and drunk driving. (Staff Photo: Ryan McKenzie)

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Georgia Perimeter College student Jarred Todd attempts to maneuver a virtual road course on a program designed to simulate driving under the influence of alcohol. The Arrive Alive Tour visited Georgia Perimeter College’s Newton Campus on Wednesday, bringing the simulator for students to demonstrate the dangers of distracted and intoxicated driving. By wearing goggles that display an electronically simulated roadway, students were able to mimic driving under the influence, as well as texting while driving. Arrive Alive visits schools throughout the country to inform students about the consequences — both immediate and legal — of distracted and drunk driving. (Staff Photo: Ryan McKenzie)

GPC Newton student Jarred Todd, center, displays his “citation” after Arrive Alive associates Scott Muellerleile, left, and Chris Emmory, right, invited him to imitate driving under the influence on Arrive Alive’s virtual DUI simulator on Mar. 4. Arrive Alive visited GPC to inform students about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. (Staff Photo: Ryan McKenzie)

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GSU cautions students on Spring Break dangers

March 9, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

 

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) –Students at Georgia Southern University got the chance Thursday to see just how dangerous impaired driving can be.

A simulator from the Arrive Alive campaign visited campus. Students could get behind the wheel and a wear a headset monitor to see how reflexes are slowed and vision is limited when they have been drinking.

Some students could also try reading and sending texts on their phone as the car traveled through a neighborhood. It often ended with their car striking another car or a pedestrian, sometimes even a building.

“It’s easy to think you can handle it, but you can’t, and it’s just safer not to try,” said GSU student, Erin Gawthrop.

The simulator is part of a week-long focus on Spring Break safety and sexual assault awareness.

Students also marched Thursday night against sexual assault, acquaintance rape, and other dangers that can happen during the holiday.

Organizers of the rally said education plays a key role to show survivors they need to speak up and press charges against their attacker.

“People have this misperception that rape and sexual assault, that there’s some person that’s going to jump out of the bushes, but that’s not the case,” said student volunteer, Shanna Felix. “Overwhelming statistics show it’s someone who knows the victim, a neighbor, a relative, someone they met recently.”

The march and rally were part of a week-long focus on spring break safety.

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Arrive Alive Simulator makes its way to Ga. Southern

March 9, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

Arrive Alive Tour hits Ga. Southern(Dave Williams)
Arrive Alive Tour hits Ga. Southern(Dave Williams)

STATESBORO, GA. (WJCL) Spring break will begin for Georgia Southern students in a couple of weeks, so that means many of them will be hitting the road in their cars.

That’s one of the reasons, the Arrive Alive Tour visited the campus Thursday afternoon.

The driving simulator gives the students a first hand at the consequences of drinking and driving and also texting and driving.

Turns out the experience is quite an eye opening one.

“Texting and driving is a very serious matter,” said Daichavon Williams, Ga. Southern Senior. “I don’t encourage anyone to do it, even if it is an emergency,I just pull over and call the person or pull over and text, don’t text and drive at the same time.”

“They need like the visual aspects of the hands on to see how it really affects them instead of just seeing it on paper or on the computer,” said Chris Emmorey, Arrive Alive Tour. “And with this they get a pretty good idea of what really happens.”

Arrive Alive visits college and high school campuses throughout the country about three or four times a week.

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Arrive Alive at Georgia Southern

March 9, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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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!

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MACARTHUR HOSTS ARRIVE ALIVE DISTRACTED DRIVING PROGRAM

March 9, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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.”

 

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

March 9, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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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.       

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Arrive Alive comes to Perryton High School

February 23, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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National Safe Driving Tour Visits Whitesboro

January 28, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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.

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Arrive Alive tour gives drivers the opportunity to experience distracted driving

January 28, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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.

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New program aimed at curbing distracted driving among teens

January 28, 2015 in Featured, News by patrick

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

 DURHAM, N.C. –

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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