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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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.

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.

“Arrive Alive Tour” Uses Simulator to Teach Driving Dangers

More than 5,000 people died as a result of distracted driving in 2009. That’s according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Those sobering statistics led one group to help educate people of the dangers using high-tech equipment.

The “Arrive Alive Tour” is giving folks a chance to see the impact of distracted driving without feeling the deadly effects.

Dozens of students at Central Georgia Technical College’s Milledgeville campus got a dose of reality as they strapped on goggles and jumped in the driver’s seat.

The fake citations were handed out by instructors for the “Arrive Alive tour.”

“The simulators set up to put them in a real-life driving experience,” said Awareness Instructor Ryan Nelson. “It’s kind of a worst-case scenario with driving conditions. Cars are swerving out in front of you. People are walking across crosswalks.”

It’s part of a campaign to teach people the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence.

“They should actually have this before you drive, to let you know when you’re driving with a learner’s or an actual license, not to text and drive,” said Chris Cornett, from Eatonton.

The 18-year-old got behind the wheel and attempted to send a text.

“I’ve been texting and driving ever since I got my license and seeing this right here, I will stop texting until I come to a dead stop,” said Cornett.

Anthony Robinson says he sees distracted drivers on the roads every day.

“It just takes one time for you to look down and next thing you know you possibly end your life or somebody else’s life,” said Robinson, who lives in Sparta.

He thinks learning like this in a safe, controlled environment could help save lives.

“You can get out of a car of a simulated test, but you can’t always get out of a car in an actual accident,” said Robinson.

“We hope that through this event, it will put the awareness in front of them that you really need to be careful when you’re driving,” said Nelson.

They hope these students and others take the lesson with them every time they get behind the wheel.

For more information on the Arrive Alive Tour, you can check out their website.

You can also join in the Great Hang Up and pledge to put the phone down while driving.

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.

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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