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.