CSU students experience distracted, drunken driving without the deadly consequences

Posted: Aug 27, 2014 5:01 PM EDTUpdated: Aug 27, 2014 5:01 PM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) –Good decisions prevent collisions.

That’s the message of the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE, a Michigan-based group that travels the country raising awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunken and distracted driving.

The tour stopped by Charleston Southern University Wednesday, to spread its life-saving message.

According to Distraction.gov, the official U.S. Government website for distracted driving, 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.

Tour representatives used simulation glasses and a stationary SUV, to recreate the sensation of driving while drunk or distracted.  They also issued tickets for any offense that broke the law.

“I’ve caught myself trying to switch the music on my phone often, and it’s just as bad as texting and driving because you’re distracted from the road,” said CSU student Kenya Singleton.

“We have so much technology we almost feel like we need it,” added freshman Becky Scott.

“I know it’s dangerous, but having that simulation shows me.”

Students also left with a key chain, complete with their picture, and a pledge to drive safely.

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