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UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour 2013 Program to Educate on Dangers of Texting While Driving and Drunken Driving.  One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. Drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing.
UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

‘Arrive Alive Tour’ lands at Calhoun High School

By Scott Brinton

1383157593_af86Last Friday morning, Calhoun High Schools students were driving recklessly in the back parking lot of their school, veering here and there, occasionally crashing into parked cars and nearly missing pedestrians. They were all drunk.

That is, a computer simulator gave them the sensation that they were driving drunk.

UNITE International, a private driver-safety company that holds seminars for companies, colleges and high schools across the country, came to Calhoun on Oct. 25 and set up a black Jeep whose tires rested on sensor pads that allowed students to simulate driving without leaving their parking space. A street scene was projected before them by a pair of goggles connected to a monitor, which recorded their driving speed and any and all traffic violations, accidents, even vehicular deaths. The goggles simulated drunken driving.

The Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District teamed up with the Community Parent Center to bring the “Arrive Alive Tour” to Calhoun. The Parent Center’s executive director, Wendy Tepfer, and the Central District’s director of physical education, health and athletics, Saul Lerner, were instrumental in brining the tour to the district.

To help fund the program, the Parent Center received grant funding from the Nassau County Traffic Safety Board, secured by Legislator David Denenberg, a Democrat from Merrick who is up for  re-election this year.

In addition to the simulator, students rode in pedal cars wearing “drunk glasses,” which also gave them a sense of what it is like to drive drunk, as well as walked a sobriety line wearing the glasses and watched films intended to dissuade them from even considering driving while intoxicated.

Distracted Driving Program Simulates Danger at FCC

The first time I noticed someone texting and driving, it wasn’t because of his hands. It was his knees.

My friend was driving us home when he realized he needed to tell someone he wouldn’t be stopping by that day. He pulled out his cellphone, began typing a message and continued on the highway at 75 mph.

He was steering with his knees, fingers occupied with the literal task at hand. I was terrified. And though we were fine that day, distracted driving leads to thousands of deaths and injuries each year.

UNITE International’s “Arrive Alive Tour” stopped Wednesday by Frederick Community College to simulate what it’s like to drive while distracted, and show the potential consequences.

Eighty percent of motor vehicle crashes are caused by distracted driving, according to Arrive Alive Tour road crew member Chris Bennett. He said texting drivers are six times more likely to crash than if they’ve been drinking.

“Smartphones make it so much more accessible,” Bennett said, adding that the number of those crashes has risen in the past five years.

An admitted frequent car texter myself, I wanted to see if my texting-while-driving skills could stand up to the simulator.

I blasted past the speed limit. I hit at least two virtual pedestrians. Other cars on the road didn’t stand a chance, and it was as if the median didn’t exist. Once, I hit a police car doing 75 mph on a 45 mph road.

And that was all in three minutes. Maybe I’m not as suave as I think.

Granted, the simulator wasn’t a perfect mirror of reality. The driver wears a pair of virtual-reality glasses that allow you to demonstrate texting while driving or drunk driving. Though you’re sitting in a car, it’s not running and the G-forces that would normally alert you to swerving or speeding don’t exist.

FCC students who also tried the simulator said they text while driving because “it’ll just take a second” and because they “can keep (their) eyes on the road.”

“In real life, I don’t swerve (while texting),” first-year student Alyssa Smith-Henry said. “Or at least I didn’t think I did.”

Smith-Henry said people are more likely to text and drive because “everybody texts … not everybody drinks.”

Others acknowledged that distracted and drunk driving crashes affect every community.

Second-year student Rachelle Higgs saw another safe-driving presentation during prom and graduation season as a Linganore High School senior in 2012.

“They told us, ‘This entire group will never be together again,'” Higgs said. “There was definitely an emotional impact.”

Higgs simulated driving after consuming five alcoholic drinks in two hours and said it seemed realistic. She said she’s always known drinking and driving is stupid, so “this is just a confirmation.”

“Barely moving the wheel was like, oops, other side of the road,” Higgs said.

I’m prone to texting, emailing, eating and doing a number of other things on the road because of the nature of my job, and the simulation did give me food for thought. But if I don’t choose to drive safely for myself, Bennett told me, I should do it for others.

For Bennett, 23, the work with UNITE is personal. One high-school friend died in a drinking-and-driving accident, and another friend was injured while texting on the road.

He said people are ignorant about the reality of impaired driving. He loves raising awareness and sharing statistics that could keep someone safe in the future.

“You have to think about your friends, your family, your neighbors who are on the road,” Bennett said.

Follow Rachel S. Karas on Twitter: @rachelkaras.

From Distraction.gov, the U.S. government website for distracted driving:

In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared with 3,267 in 2010. An additional 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared with 416,000 injured in 2010.

Ten percent of injury crashes in 2011 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.

As of December 2012, 171.3 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. every month.

Eleven percent of all drivers under age 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of a crash. The age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.

For drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21 percent were distracted by cellphones.

On any day across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010.

Engaging in visual-manual subtasks (such as reaching for a phone, dialing and texting) associated with the use of hand-held phones and other portable devices increased the risk of getting into a crash by three times.

Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent at 55 mph of driving the length of a football field.

Headset cellphone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use.

A quarter of teens respond to a text message once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.

Arrive Alive tour makes a stop at UMM

Arrive Alive tour teaches UMM students the importance of safe driving.

Arrive Alive™ Tour rolls into Savannah

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) –

The Ricky McAllaster Foundation is sponsoring two drunk driving and distracted driving education programs this week for students in the Coastal Empire.

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The Arrive Alive™ Tour from Unite will visit Savannah Country Day School Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Friday the Arrive Alive™ Tour will visit Beach High School from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA, the wireless association.

Drivers younger than the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing.

Unite brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving.

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Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

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

November 10, 2012|By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF

 

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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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.

 
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