Arrive Alive™ Tour Shows Odessa College Students Dangers Of Distracted Driving

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ODESSA — Some Odessa College students got to see exactly how dangerous texting and driving and drinking and driving both are Thursday.

Unite International made stopped at the Wi-Fi Cafe at Odessa College for their Arrive Alive™ Tour Thursday.

The Arrive Alive™ Tour features a high-tech simulator with virtual reality goggles and other tricks to show students what it’s like to drive drunk.

The simulators starts just barely over the legal limit, and gradually increase impairment.

Unite International also had a texting while driving simulator on scene.

“You do see almost the same behavior from [both simulators],” Storn Olson of Unite International told Big 2. “A lot of missed red lights. A lot of trouble staying in your lane. A lot of going slower than the posted limit.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drivers under the age of 20 have the highest number of distraction-related fatal crashes — in part because of their lack of driving experience.

The Arrive Alive™ Tour aims to show students how easily a distraction can lead to a crash.

Our View: ‘Arrive Alive™’ Teaches Teens Dangers of Distracted Driving



Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 have the highest number of traffic crashes and traffic violations among all drivers, statistics show, with traffic crashes the leading cause of death for teens nationwide.

Distracted driving cost 2,092 lives in 2010 and caused injury to another 416,000 people, according to the U.S. Government Distracted Driver website.Teens are more likely than older, more experienced drivers to take risks when behind the wheel, with speeding, texting while driving and driving while under the influence leading the list of violations.But cities across the nation are combating those troubling statistics through programs like the “Arrive Alive™ Tour,” which was brought to Calexico High School by the city’s Police Department earlier this week. Calexico was the first school in the Imperial Valley to participate in the program.

This wasn’t the usual kind of presentation, though. Instead of viewing gruesome images or movies simulating crashes, about 150 of Calexico’s kids got a taste of what it feels like to be “driving” using a 3-D headset in a driving simulator vehicle. The students were given the option of “driving” while texting or while under the influence to mimic the effects of alcohol use.

They also were taught the monetary cost of making bad choices, where driving and drinking could cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the cost to human life.

While adults could learn a thing or two from programs like these, it is documented fact that teens’ decision-making is affected by their still-developing brains, and disastrous choices can result when those still-developing brains are calling the shots for young people learning to drive.

Programs such as “Arrive Alive™” give these young drivers a taste of the closest thing to reality.

This program cost the Calexico Police Department about $1,800; that’s small change if it helps save even one life.

“Arrive Alive Tour” Uses Simulator to Teach Driving Dangers

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Teens learn dangers of texting while driving

Simulator shows teens dangers of texting,  driving


HOWARD COUNTY, Md. -Some high school students  got up-close and personal with the dangers of distracted driving Tuesday morning  in Howard County.

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The Allstate Foundation  had its high-tech driving simulator at Reservoir High School in Fulton to show  the teens in a safe environment how risky texting and driving can be. About 600  high school athletes from around the state were there taking part in the  Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Conference.

“It was very realistic.  When I started swerving, it got a little scary at times, and then when cars  would pass me or I was passing cars, it got nerve-racking,” said Howard High  School junior Peter Emery.

“I was trying to write in  complete sentences and stay on the side of the road and stay on the speed limit  and not hit anybody. I hit a parked car, so that’s definitely a sign that I  shouldn’t be texting and driving,” said senior Taylor Stewart.

The event is designed to  show teens how to be responsible, good leaders and role models in and out of the  car.

“We’re trying to save  lives. We definitely want there to be an impact. We want them to realize driving  is a privilege. It’s a great responsibility, and we want them to know how  important it is for them to drive safely,” said Shelva Clemons of the Allstate  Foundation.

The students are also  encouraged to sign a pledge not to text while driving by putting their  thumbprint on a poster.

“It makes you make the  promise to not text and drive, and every time you’re even tempted, you’ll  remember, ‘Oh, I signed a pledge that says I’m not going to text and drive,'”  Stewart said.

Going through the  simulator, some students hit pedestrians while others hit cars and lost control  behind the wheel. The drill taught them how dangerous driving distracted can  be.

“It’s really distracting.  Once you take your eyes off the road, you’re totally lost, and it just made it  five times harder,” Emery said. “It’s definitely going to make me not want to  text and drive. Either turn the phone off or give it to someone else, because  it’s just not worth it.”

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Teen Leaders Learn Dangerous Lesson About Texting And Driving


MAPLE LAWN, Md. (WJZ) — National studies show that those who text and drive are 23 percent more likely to get in a crash.

Now, as Mike Schuh reports, school leaders from across the state are getting that message loud and clear.

The most dangerous thing these teens can do is get behind the wheel of a car. Almost half of teen deaths are due to car crashes.

“A lot of our student athletes are driving home, learning to drive for the first time, driving home from practices,” said Andy Warner, Assistant Director, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

That’s why at a statewide conference for athletic high school leaders sits a very special simulator.

They don video goggles, are told to drive and then given the one item which will make all of them eventually crash: a phone.

They’re told: “In this setting, go ahead and try. Just try to text and not crash.”

The simulator is not rigged to make the kids crash.

“It was pretty hard. I don’t normally do much stuff while driving, so just having the phone in my hand while driving was difficult,” said Jacob Spessard, Frederick High School.

“It was hard when you’re looking down. There’s no way you can look at the road,” said Sarah Ruzzi, Broadneck High School.

And their learning is real.

“Just keep your phones off. You’re just putting everyone else at risk, including yourself,” said one girl.

The teens who were at the exercise are leaders. The hope is what they saw will be passed on to those who follow.

One of the instructors told the kids that some people put their phones in the trunk to avoid the temptation to initiate or return texts or phone calls.  Texting and driving is illegal in Maryland.

McCann School Hosts a Program on Keeping Young Drivers Safe Behind the Wheel

JOE DOLINSKY, Times Leader Intern
Apr 26

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The McCann School of Business and Technology boasts the slogan “Changing futures, changing lives.”

Through an anti-drinking and texting while driving program offered Wednesday, educators at McCann hope to not only change lives, but perhaps save them as well.

Receiving hands-on demonstrations on avoiding distractions while driving, more than 100 students from area schools attended the “2012 Arrive Alive Tour” on McCann’s Wilkes-Barre Township campus.

“We specialize in tying ourselves to the community and to community issues,” said McCann Campus Director, T.J. Eltringham.

“And we felt safe driving was more important of an issue than ever,” he said.

As cellphones have become more prevalent in daily lives, so have cellphone-related accidents.

In a report published in 2010, the National Safety Council estimated that at least 28 percent of all traffic crashes – or at least 1.6 million crashes each year – involve drivers using cellphones and texting.

Moreover, the same report indicates that teenagers text more than any other age group.

Coupled with their general inexperience behind the wheel, safety education for teen drivers is an ever-growing need.

Having run similar programs in the past, officials at McCann recognized the call for awareness.

“We try to support the community by helping it,” Eltringham said.

“This is one way we feel we can really make a difference,” he said.

The program ran in cooperation with UNITE International, a health and wellness organization that brings safety programs to schools across the nation.

UNITE’s Arrive Alive program features a driving simulator to allow students, in a controlled environment, to experience the potential consequences of distraction behind the wheel.

“More and more accidents are happening to teenagers due to texting and drunk driving,” said Nationwide Insurance Principal Agent Abe Hobson.

Hobson and Nationwide donated the food and beverages served during Wednesday’s event, which also featured demonstrations from the Wilkes-Barre Township Police Department.

In addition to attending the Arrive Alive program, students also had the opportunity to tour the campus, meet program directors and receive the hands-on training experience of what it’s like to be a student at McCann.

Alan West Attends Texting Event in Palm Beach

Congressman West and students of Jupiter High School got behind the wheel of driving simulators and experience texting and distracted driving first hand without actually being in a dangerous situation. Participants wear virtual reality goggles and drive on a video-game like course. During the driving, a text message is sent to a phone that the students must respond to while driving. A television is set up just outside the vehicle that provides the view of the passenger in the car so that those students standing around the simulator were able to experience what the driver does in real-time.

Belhaven Students Try “Distracted Driving” Simulator

By Cheryl Lasseter

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) – Students at Belhaven University today are trying out a texting/drinking while driving simulator. It’s part of the Drive Alive Tour, put on by a group called Unite International.

We found students laughing as their friends crashed into virtual trees, cars, even people. But the teasing stopped as those students tried it for themselves!

“Swerving everywhere, hit a car in the median, a parked car. Got a DUI,” says student Roy Williams.

“I swerved, dropped below the posted speed, was really bad at stopping and I hit somebody,” says student Luke Bert.

“Tickets” are handed out as participants exit the simulator vehicle. In fact, our reporter, Cheryl Lasseter, was charged with vehicular manslaughter after her texting while driving run!

“A lot of kids are confident they can get through it flawlessly, but they end up surprised when they end up crashing,” says Ryan Nelson, who travels to various cities and states with the simulator.

The simulator is designed to demonstrate how dangerous it is to attempt to drive while distracted by alcohol or a cell phone. “Don’t drink and drive,” students are saying after their experience.

Arrive Alive Tour Makes Its Way to CGTC Campus

From staff reportsThe Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC) campus students, faculty and staff became educated first-hand on the dangers of distracted and drunken driving Tuesday through UNITE’s 2011 Arrive Alive Tour. The program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to allow those behind the wheel to experience the potential consequences of texting while driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. CGTC student Dawn Bradley tried to take control of the vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.11 during the simulation before crashing into a parked car on the side of the road. ‘I almost made it to the stop sign,’ she said afterward. ‘The simulation is very realistic.’ Baldwin High School sophomore Leigh Grimes also took the wheel and tried to read and send a text message while driving, which lead to swerving in and out of lanes. ‘I get my license next month so its the perfect time to do this simulation. I was trying to text and I just couldn’t do it,’ she said. ‘It’s very beneficial.’ According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. UNITE brings health and wellness programs designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving to high school and college campuses across the nation. For more information about the tour, visit

Arrive Alive Tour Comes to Springfield, Missouri

Springfield Missouri car accident lawyers were pleased to see the national Arrive Alive Tour in our own city of Springfield last week. The Springfield, Missouri Police Department, Greene County Sherriff and the Central Bible College partnered together to bring the tour to Greene County. The Arrive Alive Tour was held at Central Bible College’s main campus on Wednesday September 21, 2011.

Arrive Alive Tour in Springfield, Missouri
The Arrive Alive Tour is a national tour that travels across the country to demonstrate the dangers of driving while distracted and also driving while intoxicated. Each year Arrive Alive focuses on the major issues causing car accidents in the United States. Distracted driving continues to be a major problem. So this year the tour is about showing the dangers of driving while texting.

The Tour allows people to get into a vehicle with a simulator. Discs are placed under the wheels of a real car so the driver gets a true experience of riding and turning on the road. Sensors are connected to the steering wheel, brakes, and gas pedal of the car to allow the driver to steer and accelerate and brake as if they are actually driving while the sensors interact with the computer that runs the simulation. The driver wears a 180 degree virtual reality headset so they are totally immersed into the driving experience, including images showing the windows and the rear-view mirror.

While driving in the simulator, the driver receives a text message and attempts to read and answer the text. The driver gets to see what can happen in real time, from driving off the road or crashing into another vehicle to running over a pedestrian. The simulation is made even more real by the issuance of citations to the driver after they exit the vehicle. Law enforcement officers are on hand to explain the legal ramifications of what the driver just experienced, including court costs, lawyer fees, jail time, insurance issues and injury results.

The Arrive Alive Tour also includes press releases, posters, and a pledge station to allow participants to sign a pledge that they will not text and drive. A program host discusses the dangers of texting and other forms or distracted driving while a video display allows observers to see what the driver sees from the passenger’s point of view. Another video station shows the realities and dangers of drunk driving and driving while distracted.

Education pamphlets and sign-up sheets for more information or continuing education are also on hand. The pamphlets include all the dangers of driving while texting, distracted driving, drinking and driving, binge drinking and drugs.

Texting While Driving Facts
Per the National Safety Council, more than 5,000 deaths per year are caused by texting and driving. And it is also important to note that more car accidents are caused each year by texting while driving then by drunk drivers.

Texting while driving is very dangerous. Drivers take their eyes off the road for an average of five seconds when they are texting. At speeds as low as 35 mph someone texting while driving will travel 25 feet before stopping. The same studies show a drunk driver will stop in 4 feet.

In that same 5 seconds on the highway someone texting while driving will travel over 400 feet with their eyes off of the road. That is like driving more than the entire length of a football field with your eyes closed.

Current Missouri law prohibits texting and driving for drivers under the age of 21. If you have been involved in a car accident with a distracted driver you may have a personal injury case. Contact the Springfield Missouri car accident lawyers.

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