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Simulator shows students impact of alcohol, texting on driving

With college students on spring break around the country and St. Patrick's Day coming up, Albany State University recently offered a program called Arrive Alive. It uses simulators and other tools to show college students what can happen if they are impaired or distracted while driving.

Of course, drivers of all ages engage in these dangerous activities. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drivers under the age of 20 are responsible for the highest percentage of distraction-related fatalities.

The Arrive Alive Tour, which goes to campuses across the country, puts students behind the wheel wearing a headset monitor. They can choose to simulate how their responses would be impacted by drinking. If they choose to see how texting can impact them, they'll be directed to text a phrase.

An ASU official said that she encouraged students to participate in the Arrive Alive Tour before they left on spring break "so that they can gain an actual experience of the consequences of texting and driving, as well as drinking and driving," ASU's police chief adds, "If you have driven while being distracted whether texting, drinking or under the influence of any type of drug; you will always put your life and others in danger,"

When teens go off to college, they're generally exposed to far more alcohol than they were at home. That first college spring break, when many Georgia students drive down to Florida, can be a particularly dangerous time. It's never safe to drive after drinking or with anyone who has been drinking.

If your college student is arrested for DUI, it's essential to take the charges seriously and seek experienced legal guidance. A DUI can have a serious impact on a student's college career and even his or her job prospects in the future.

Source: WFXL Fox 31, "ASU wants students to arrive alive," Alexandria Ikomoni, Feb. 27, 2017