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Simulator Allows Students to Safely Experience Dangers of Distracted Driving

3/20/2013 —

What’s it like to drive under the influence or what can be the impact of texting while driving?  Penn State York is bringing the Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE to campus on  Tuesday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to give students an opportunity to discover the dangers of distracted driving or driving under the influence without the danger of being hurt.  The high-tech simulator will be located outside the Main Classroom Building.  The program is sponsored by the Penn State York Office of Student Affairs.

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 under 20-years-old 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.

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