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.

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.

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.

The Arrive Alive Tour visits UTPA

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 drinking or texting while driving.

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.

Distracted Driving Program at USF Poly

High-tech simulator will be used to illustrate dangers.

LAKELAND | A program being offered on the campus of the University of South Florida Polytechnic will give students a simulated experience to educate them about the dangers of texting or drinking while driving.

The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE, a health and wellness organization, will be at the Lakeland Academic Center building on Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m. A high-tech simulator, impact video, and other educational tools will be used to show how dangerous it is to send text messages on cell phones while driving. With the simulator, students will experience the potential consequences of distracted or drunken driving while in a controlled environment.

According to the organization, cell phone usage is one of the most commonly recognized driving distractions. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, the group said, citing a wireless organization’s statistics.

And, the group says, drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted, and more texts messages are sent out in that age group than any other.

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