Simulator At BCCC Shows Drivers The Dangers Of Texting Behind The Wheel


BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Though young drivers only make up 7 percent of the population, they’re responsible for over 15 percent of car accidents.

Mike Schuh reports on a continuing effort to educate one driver at a time.

It’s not often you see what looks like a car crashed into the front of Baltimore City Community College.

But this car hasn’t crashed. At the college’s request, it’s parked here trying to prevent crashes.

“And we feel we have a responsibility with a captive audience, students, about the dangers of texting because that’s been an increasing problem,” said Ron Smith, BCCC Student Life vice president.

Texting and driving and drinking and driving are the top reasons why accident rates for young drivers are double their population percentages.

There are 3,000 teen deaths and 300,000 injuries a year just from texting and driving.

Maria Gulliver gave the simulator a try. Though she knew she’d probably fail, it still surprised her.

“Your mind and reaction time is completely altered if you are drunk,” Gulliver said. “But yeah, it surprised me how quickly I crashed, and usually I’m a good driver.”

These demonstrations happen at high school and college campuses across the country.

Here alone, more than 100 students will try. And the results are often fatal–a point those here now understand.

“That was pretty fun, but it would have been pretty dangerous in a real scenario, so I will probably never text and drive,” said Rere Johnson, student.

“Everyone thinks that they can look away for a couple of seconds. ‘I’ve got my mind on the road. I’m watching what’s happening,’ but it only takes split seconds for something terrible to happen,” Smith said.

YOVASO Leadership Retreat Focuses on Distracted Driving

Lynchburg, VA- Student leaders from across the state have been gathering at Lynchburg College this week as a part of YOVASO’s Summer Leadership Retreat.

22934968_BG1YOVASO, or Youth of Virginia Speak Out, has been teaching students how to stay safe on the road, so they can relay the message to fellow students. These days they’re really focusing on distracted driving. They even had a texting and driving simulator for students to see what all can go wrong if you decide to hit reply while you drive.

“We have sensors hooked up to the gas, the break and the steering wheel, and we have students get inside and put on virtual reality glasses that gives them a perspective of the road. And then we have them pull their phone out and try to text while driving,” said Tyler Herbstreith, with Unite’s Arrive Alive Tour.

“Any eye glance more than two seconds is dangerous behind the wheel and when you are texting you can at least take your eyes off for five seconds and you can travel the length of a football field in that time,” said Haley Glynn, Retreat Director of YOVASO’s Summer Camp.

“It happens pretty fast. As soon as you look down you really just don’t know what’s happening in front of you because you’re looking down, even if it’s just for a second,” said Meg Tomlinson, a YOVASO student.

YOVASO student leaders like Tomlinson know there can be consequences if you let your phone dictate your driving. That’s why she says,”I just, I don’t look at it. I don’t even pay attention to it when I’m driving, because driving is the most important thing.”

Even though Virginia now has a law against texting and driving, it doesn’t include updating your status or uploading a picture.

“Then you have things like Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat. That’s all going on smartphones, that people might not think as texting and driving. We like to mention that to them,” said Herbstreith.

And you may think your multi-tasking abilities are good enough to avoid a wreck, but sooner or later those distractions will catch up with you.

“They all do something wrong. If it’s not speeding or driving well below the posted speed limit, swerving in between lanes without turn signals–everybody does something a little wrong,” said Herbstreith.

And that’s a big message YOVASO has been pushing; if everybody does something a little wrong, it could cause some pretty big accidents.

In addition to Thursday’s events at the retreat, YOVASO held their annual awards banquet at Lynchburg College to honor youth, sponsors and law enforcement from across the state who have helped them in their mission.

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.

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

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