ABAC to host UNITE Arrive Alive tour

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 texting while driving and intoxicated driving. (Special Photo)

TIFTON — The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE will visit Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College here on Tuesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 texting while driving and intoxicated driving, according to a news release. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of distracted and impaired driving in a controlled environment.

Latest statistics show that nearly one-third of all traffic deaths involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. In 2014, the highest percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes were in the age range of 21 to 24. Every day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times. However, only about 3,200 of those people are arrested.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cellphone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cellphone, 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 driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

Additional information is available by calling Todd Betzold at (888) 436-3394, extension 6388.

The Arrive Alive tour program at ABAC will be located in front of college’s dining hall at 2802 Moore Highway.

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