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April 20, 2018

4/16/2018 10:34:00 AM
UNITE Arrive Alive Simulator Makes A Visit To CHS

The UNITE Arrive Alive simulator stopped at Covington High School recently to help educate students about the dangers of intoxicated and distracted driving.

The simulator uses video and other resources to simulate the effects of trying to drive while under the influence or driving while distracted.

According to statistics released by UNITE, almost 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.

Also, one of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.

Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted.

Here CHS freshman Chloe Hubbard, right, tries her hand at the simulator while Max Vandewater of Arrive Alive looks on.

(Gavin Dressler Photo)

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