UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of distracted and intoxicated driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of texting while driving in a controlled environment.
The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE will visit Seymour High School from 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Friday, April 13.
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 number of young drivers who text is only increasing.
Many people are shocked to find out that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drinking and driving. Each year, nearly 330,000 injuries occur from accidents caused by texting and driving. On average, answering a text message takes your attention away from the road for five seconds. When driving 55 mph, it takes about five seconds to travel the length of a football field. It is dangerous, as nine people die every day from the results of distracted driving.
UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high schools, colleges and communities across the nation. Its programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily. If you have any questions or for more information, please call Todd Betzold at 888-436-3394, ext. 6388.