In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-22), Crockett County High School hosted UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour, the nation’s top-ranked drunk and distracted driving awareness event, as well as the first-and-only marijuana driving simulator in the country.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, the Arrive Alive Tour uses a high-tech, state-of-the-art simulator that allows participants to drive while distracted, drunk, or drugged in a fully-functioning vehicle
without moving or being intoxicated. The simulator allows participants to experience the real-life dangers without the real-life consequences.
The Arrive Alive Tour was in Alamo last Friday, giving several Crockett students the opportunity to use the simulator. National Teen Drive Safety Week is a crucial time to educate drivers on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. The fatal crash rate for teens is three times greater than for drivers age 20 and over, and driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes. Young drivers (ages 16-20) are 17 times more likely to die in a crash when they have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% than when they have not been drinking.
The Arrive Alive team’s mission is to educate drivers on the dangers and consequences of impaired and distracted driving, and to create life-long safe driving habits.
(Photos by Sandy Woodruff)