SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) –
The Ricky McAllaster Foundation is sponsoring two drunk driving and distracted driving education programs this week for students in the Coastal Empire.
The Arrive Alive™ Tour from Unite will visit Savannah Country Day School Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and on Friday the Arrive Alive™ Tour will visit Beach High School from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 drunk driving and texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving.
One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA, the wireless association.
Drivers younger than the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing.
Unite brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving.
Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.