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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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.
“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.”
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.
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.