Drinking and driving can be a deadly combination, as some students learned at Utica College thanks to the Arrive Alive Tour. Our drunk driving simulator (along with the texting while driving simulator) were recently brought to campus for them to experience hands-on the dangers of drinking and driving.
During the stop at Utica College, WKTV made a stop to check out the students in action. Here is their story (and video) on the drinking and driving simulator.
UTICA – Utica College students got a chance today to feel what it’s like to drive under the influence, all while staying sober.
The Arrive Alive Tour is a program that uses a high-tech simulator to give people a hands-on experience of what it’s like to drive under the influence, as well as the difficulties of texting and driving.
Students wear simulator goggles and use an interactive automobile, and participants quickly realize the potential consequences of driving impaired.
“You’re actually using the whole car as a controller,” said Ayron Austin, a team leader for the Arrive Alive Tour. “We have sensors to the gas pedal, brake pedal and the steering wheel, so every time you’re moving it sends a signal to our computer, which is also playing a feed to where we have one of them going to our TV outside. So if you’re not inside, everybody can kind of watch and is still kind of a part of it.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.
You can try the simulator out today until 6:30 p.m. at Utica College.
Bring the Arrive Alive Tour to your area. For more information or details on the texting and drinking and driving simulator program, contact us here!