Arrive Alive simulator comes to UMES to simulate impaired, distracted driving

PRINCESS ANNE — The Arrive Alive Tour by UNITE will be at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Student Services Center courtyard 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. This high-tech simulator uses impact video and other resources to educate the public about driving while impaired and driving distracted because of texting.

The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

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.

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 and distracted driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

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