Just several seconds staring at a smartphone or a few drinks at the bar are all that stand between life and death on the road. Hundreds in Wetumpka and Mobile, Ala. saw firsthand how little it takes to become a distracted driver, a danger to yourself and others.
Information Transport Solutions, Inc. (ITS), an Alabama-based IT firm, hosted UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour® program, recently featured on Fox News, at two of its Alabama offices. The general public and media were invited to participate and take a spin in the simulator.
“Distracted driving is preventable, but it requires an awareness and commitment to not text and drive or drink and drive,” commented ITS President Quincy Minor. “ITS made an investment to bring Arrive Alive to our state so people could see for themselves the consequences of distracted driving and make a change in their driving habits.”
The Arrive Alive program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving and intoxicated driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired and distracted driving in a controlled environment.
“We all know not to text and drive, but knowing and doing are two different things,” added Patrick DeGrasse of Arrive Alive. “Our goal is to give drivers the chance to see the danger of distracted driving in a simulated environment, so they don’t have to deal with the real-life costs because it hopefully encourages safer driving behaviors.”
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.