WBU hosts distracted and drunken driving awareness program

October 9, 2013

PLAINVIEW -- On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Wayland Baptist University’s Counseling, Career and Disability Services Office and Housing Office will be hosting a distracted and drunken driving education program for students.   UNITE’s Arrive Alive program will be set up outside of the McClung University Center from 12-6 p.m. Students may come and participate at any time during that afternoon.

The Arrive Alive program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use.  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 numbers of young drivers who text is only increasing.

This program is designed to heighten student awareness to the dangers and consequences of distracted and drunken driving. If you have any questions, or for more information, please call Patrick DeGrasse from UNITE at 888-436-3394.