The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE International will visit Franklin Senior High School on May 2 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of texting while driving and driving under the influence. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of distracted or drunken driving.
Funded by the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office, the program points out that 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 an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. 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. Drivers in that age group reportedly text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is increasing.
UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.
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