arrivealivetour2Waconia High School is hosting an impaired and distracted driving education program and simulator for its students. The HERO Coalition has helped make this educational program possible. The Arrive Alive Tour® from UNITE will visit: Friday, April 29, 2016 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

The Arrive Alive Tour features a virtual reality impaired driving and texting simulator. One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. The Arrive Alive tour puts people in a simulator that allows drivers to experience distracted driving first hand without any consequences.

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour uses an actual motor vehicle during the simulation.  The vehicle does not move, but through the high tech glasses, the driver feels like it is real.  After driving the driver receives a ticket showing the violations.  Please go to Arrivealivetour.com and watch the Arrive Alive Promotional Video.

image003bOne 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.

Because of the time it takes to use the simulator, 30-35 senior class students per hour will be able to drive.  Videos and speakers will be onsite to allow the audience to witness what the driver is experiencing. Pledge cards will be made for those students pledging not to drive and text or drive impaired.

The Arrive Alive Tour at Waconia High School was made possible, in part, under grant number SP020473 from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The views, opinions, and content of this program are those of the authors and contributors, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of ONDCP, SAMHSA, or HHS, and should not be construed as such.