Simulator shows texting and driving don’t mix


Posted on November 15, 2013 at 4:59 PM

AUBURN, Wash. — For many drivers, it’s simply a habit. The cell phone beeps and a text message arrives. Of course, you respond.

Except, you’re driving 60 miles per hour on a busy interstate. Distracted driving is against the law in Washington state It contributed to 758 deaths between 2004 and 2008.

“Texting and driving can be just as bad as driving while drunk, ” said James Pratt, of Arrive Alive Tour.

The national awareness campaign is making an appearance at the Green River Community College. The campaign has a specially fixed up car, where students can actually try driving and texting at the same time for a real experience.

“People are given are real lesson on this simulator to show them what happens when you text and drive,” Pratt said.

Student Dashinique Gonzalez got behind the wheel. She admits readily that she sometimes texts and drives.

“I was driving Thursday and posted an update on Facebook,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez sat behind the wheel, and after a brief introduction, she hit the road. The ride only takes about 30 seconds. In that time, while texting and driving, Gonzalez received three citations and hit another car.

“It was really scary, I had no idea how easy it is to lose control,” said Gonzalez.

The Arrive Alive Tour also has a pledge sheet, encouraging students to sign a promise to never text and drive again. After her experience, Gonzalez was happy to sign it.

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.

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 Offers Drunk Driving Lessons to New York Students

On behalf of Law Offices of Young & Bartlett, L.L.P. posted in Drunk Driving Accidents on Thursday, September 29, 2011

In a recent scheduled stop at Cayuga Community College in New York, the Arrive Alive Tour simulation helped students understand the inherent dangers in drunk driving with the hopes of limiting the amount of drunk driving accidents across the state. The Sept. 26 visit was one of the most recent stops in the program’s tour, which travels across the country offering educational materials to college students, with special emphasis on the wrongful death that can arise from a drunk driving crash.

For students, the most popular portion of the tour is the drunk driving simulator, which provides a look into what it’s like to drive while intoxicated. Simulator participants are given a set of goggles that emulate the impairment faced by drunk drivers. The goggles are set to a blood alcohol level of 0.081, just above New York’s designation of “intoxicated.”

Participants first perform a control experiment, driving a simulated course without the goggles. Then, students are asked to drive the same course with the goggles on. Monitors allow onlookers to see what the driver is seeing, and judge his or her performance.

During the Cayuga Community College stop, only one participant was able to clear the course without being involved in an accident, but that person was driving 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.

The Arrive Alive Tour offers a similar simulator for texting and driving, a problem that tour organizers are also taking seriously. While participants tend to be involved in fewer accidents in the texting simulator, there is still clear impairment with all people that take part. This was a special attraction for the New York stop, as earlier this year the state passed a new law making it illegal to use a cellphone while driving, even if the driver commits no other offense.

Arrive Alive Tour Teaches Dangers of Driving While Distracted

By Laurie Bettis
HISD Public Information

The Arrive Alive Tour came to Hempstead High School on March 7.

The purpose of the “tour” was to bring awareness to students about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as texting and driving.

The tour consisted of a 40 minute video presentation featuring three people under the age of 18 and their stories of survival after consuming alcohol and riding an all terrain vehicle, riding in a car with a driver under the influence and falling three stories onto a stone floor in a mall.

There was also a simulator set up on the back patio of the high school. The simulator gave students a virtual reality of what it may be like to be driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while texting.

The idea for the demonstration originated during a meeting of the Hempstead ISD’s School Health Advisory Council while several student organizations at the high school worked together to help sponsor the event. Among them are the student council, Beta Club, FFA, Skills USA, FCCLA, Drama Club, Spanish Club and the senior class of 2011.

Simulator Gives Central Georgia Tech Students An Experience of Distracted/Drunk Driving

Written by Kyle Warnke

It’s virtual reality, but its proving its point; don’t drink and drive, and don’t text and drive.

Sitting in the parking lot at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon, a normal car is turned into a state-of-the-art simulator to teach students the importance of always having a designated driver, and how dangerous texting while driving can be.

The car belongs to UNITE International, a group based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Members of the organization travel across the country, visiting high school and college campuses, offering students the chance to feel what it’s really like to drive drunk or distracted.

The student is put behind the wheel of a car, but the car never moves out of its parking spot. The student puts on a pair virtual reality goggles to see the “road” in front of them, and then begins “driving” through the course. Sensors are attached to the steering wheel and the brake and gas pedals, which create the effects of what it would feel and look like if driving impaired.

Another option for the student, instead of drunk driving, is to drive and try to type a text message.

UNITE member Ryan Nelson says, the courses are designed to be a ‘worst case scenario’ for the driver. Cars are coming at the driver, people are walking across the road, and the sides of the roads are lined with things like trees.

“What happens is most kids usually end up crashing into something, or driving off the road, because of the distraction or the alcohol…It just gets that whole idea in front of them of how dangerous it is,” Nelson says.

Drunk Driving Simulator From The Flint Journal

By John Ehlke | The Flint Journal 

John Ehlke | The Flint Journal Unite member Jan Griffith explains to Andrew Easton, 24, of Davison his infractions while driving a simulator car for the Unite Drunk Driving simulator outside of the recreation Center at University of Michigan Flint Wednesday afternoon. Easton was driving with a blood alcohol level of .10 and was ticketed for serving and driving below the speed limit. Unite will be in Ohio Friday at Kent State University with their simulator.

John Ehlke | The Flint Journal (From Left) Yaser Aljloud, 22, of Saudi Arabia, Backer Abdu, 23, of Lebanon and Khalid Almutairi, 24, of Saudi Arabi look over Aljloud’s infractions after completing the Unite Drunk Driving simulator outside of the recreation Center at University of Michigan Flint Wednesday afternoon. Aljloud was driving with a blood alcohol level of .11 and was ticketed for serving and driving below the speed limit. Unite will be in Ohio Friday at Kent State University with their simulator.

Dangerous Wheels: Drunk Driving and Texting Simulation Sobers Students

By Eric Geller

David Hoyt A student “drives” in the drunk driving simulator, a car rigged to transmit the motion of the steering wheel to a computer, which shows the student a “road” on the virtual reality headset.

In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Alcohol & Drug Addiction Services (ODADAS) and The BACCHUS Network, Kenyon provided an opportunity for students to safely experiment with simulated texting while driving and drunk driving last Thursday, April 14 on Ransom Lawn. As part of the two organizations’ “Arrive Alive” tour, the College played host to a car that used special technology to immerse students in the dangerous world of impaired driving.

Anne Vleck, assistant director of student activities and program manager of Kenyon’s ODADAS grant, explained that the car worked in tandem with a virtual reality headset to create this experience. “You could actually step on the gas or brake and turn the wheels to steer the car,” she said. “You were given a virtual reality headset and it was kind of like a video game.”

“The car’s controls gave input to a computer,” said Gavin McGimpsey, who also took part in the simulator.

At first, students drove without any artificial impairment imposed on them. To simulate alcohol intoxication (at a Blood Alcohol Content of 0.1 percent), participants’ in-car actions — turning, braking, and using the gas pedal — were delayed within the virtual reality game. The texting-while-driving option was more straightforward; students simply sent a normal text message while driving with no virtual reality element.

The impaired driving simulator was available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, and Vleck said “the turnout was great. … We had a nearly constant flow of people.” Vleck reported that texting while driving seemed to be more challenging than driving with the artificial alcohol impairment. McGimpsey said that the two options both presented challenges. “When simulating drunkenness, I started swerving pretty quickly. With texting I felt better able to control the car but was making more infractions.”

“This is something that people do all the time without thinking of the dangers,” Vleck said. “I think the point of the [texting] activity may have been better received than the drunk driving simulator.” During the simulation, students were told that texting while driving accounts for more car accidents in recent months than does drunk driving, according to Vleck.

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