The HERO Coalition and Waconia Public Schools are pleased to present this year’s Award Winning Arrive Alive Tour as part of our annual “Safe Celebrations” Spring Campaign.
Arrive Alive Event | Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 8:10 am to 2:55 pm
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. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of distracted and impaired driving in a controlled environment.
Nearly one-third of all traffic deaths involve alcohol-impaired drivers. In 2014, the highest percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes were in the age range of 21 to 24.
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.
Texting While Driving Facts For Teens
- 40% of teens say they have been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver was texting and driving.
- Every day, 11 teens die from texting while driving accidents.
- According to an AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway.
- A teen driver with only one additional passenger doubles the risk of getting into a fatal car accident. With two or more passengers, they are five times as likely.
- Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking on their cell phone or texting while driving.
- Of all the teen drivers involved in fatal accidents, 21% of them were distracted by their cell phones.
- Peer pressure? 90% of teens expect a response to their text message within five minutes, so if someone is driving and gets a text, then they feel the need to respond quickly and texting while driving issues arise.
- 75% of teens say their friends text and drive.
- 77% of teens say their parents text and drive.