Posted: Apr 18, 2014 12:00 AM EDT
Updated: May 02, 2014 12:00 AM EDT
SIOUX CITY, IA –It’s a sobering statistic: for every drinking and driving accident, there are four texting and driving accidents.Today at Western Iowa Tech, a simulator showed students the consequences of sending a text while behind the wheel.The “Arrive Alive Tour” texting while driving simulator lets students get behind the wheel while wearing a virtual reality headset, allowing them to experience some of the potentially deadly consequences of texting while driving.UNITE, the group that puts on the program, says that if the simulator gets just one person to stop texting and driving, it’s worth it.”I know two people my age fairly young they were texting and driving and drinking and driving. It took their life and it can really happen to anybody. It’s just really a numbers game and how often you do it,” said UNITE’s Chris Bennett.
Students who experienced the simulator also got a mock ticket after their drive, to show the legal consequences of texting while driving.
UNITE will continue taking its “Arrive Alive” program across the country, hoping to stop texting while driving.