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Distracted Driving Simulator on Campus Sept. 3

Photo of a student using the driving simulator.
Chelsea Beasley, a Penn State York student, experienced the distracted driving simulator last year when it was on campus.
8/29/2014 —

Penn State York is hosting UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., behind the John J. Romano Administration Building on campus. Using a high-tech simulator, participants experience the potential consequences of texting while driving, driving when drunk, and other aspects of distracted driving in a controlled environment. This educational program is a hands-on experience with a goal of teaching students and others about the real dangers of distracted driving. This program is sponsored by the student affairs office at the York campus.

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.

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 drunken and distracted driving. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call Barbara Dennis at (717) 771-4128 or email her at bhd5@psu.edu or contact Patrick DeGrasse at 888-436-3394. 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 drunken driving and texting while driving.

 

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