By: Elizabeth Nickerson
March 22, 2013
Tallahassee, FL- A gruesome video of a fatal crash caught the attention of Taylor County High School students. The accident was because of texting while driving.
Drivers under 20 years old have the highest percentage of distracted-related fatal crashes and the Arrive Alive Tour is about to change that.
"Every time you look down to text it's like closing your eyes for four seconds," said Martin Burke, part of the Arrive Alive Tour committee. "Everybody answers the question what's more dangerous drinking and driving or texting and everybody says drinking and the statistics prove that that is not even close."
The students got a hands-on test drive of what it feels like driving under the influence and being distracted in a simulated car accident.
"One of my friend's mother was in an accident because the guy was playing with his radio," said Cody Yelverton, a Taylor County High School Student." So it's all distracted and it's a bad thing."
Students felt like it was a real-life experience.
"Experience is like real life basically and you can learn so much from it."Dalton Sparks a Taylor County High School Student."
"You can't save them all," said Burke. "But we can save a few at a time and just spread the word."
The tour has been going on for ten years. From Perry, the Arrive Alive team will head to South Carolina.
Press Release: UNITE Arrive Alive Tour
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.
Taylor County School District is sponsoring a drunk driving and distracted driving education program for students. The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE will visit:
Taylor County High School
900 N. Johnson Stripling Rd.
Perry, FL 32347
March 22, 2013
8:00 am- 2:30 pm
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. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.