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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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.

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 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 www.arrivealivetour.com.

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.

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.

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