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.