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One of Webster High School students thoroughly enjoying the simulated driver experience last week.

WEBSTER –– The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE Corporation visited Webster High School on Tuesday, April 24, for the entire school day.

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 impaired driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of texting and driving and/or drinking and driving, but in a controlled environment.

Distracted driving is a major issue in our country, as one of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. According to the CTIA – The Wireless Association, about 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone. This is especially true for high school students, as drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These younger drivers have less driving experience, which can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted.

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Webster students checking out the Arrive Alive tent.

This is one of the main reasons why the Arrive Alive Tour visited Webster High School. These same drivers are the age group that text more than any other age group. Having this hands-on experience is important, as the students can see how dangerous it is to try and text while driving.

UNITE Corporation brings their health and wellness programs to high schools, colleges, and communities across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten the awareness to the dangers and consequences of distracted and drunk driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.