UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour 2011 Program to Educate on Dangers of Texting While Driving and Drunken Driving

The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Stevenson-Carson School District, is offering a distracted driving and drunken driving education program for the students. The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE will visit Stevenson High School on December 15, 2011 from 8:20. a.m. to 3:10. p.m. UNITE’s Arrive Alive program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of distracted or drunken driving. The Skamania County CMASA group, which stands for Community Mobilization Against Substance Abuse, is sponsoring this program.

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 (Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. 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 numbers of young drivers who text is only 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. The follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

For more information please contact Chief David Waymire at the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, 509-427-9490.

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