Arrive Alive Comes to High Schools

Arrive Alive Comes to High Schools
Posted on 04/10/2019

Authored by Tamara Mills

Worcester County Public Schools is sponsoring a school tour April 10-12, which features a driving simulator under the influence of substances or distractions, to help prepare students for healthy decision-making during upcoming the prom and summer seasons. UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour® program features virtual reality and real-life interactions to help educate students and parents on the dangers of driving while intoxicated, under the influence of a controlled substancelike opioids or marijuanaand while texting. The tour also incorporates an impact video, and a number of other resources to allow participants an opportunity to experience potential consequences. 

 

Nearly one-third of all traffic deaths involve alcohol-impaired drivers. Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. In 2014, the highest percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes were in the age range of 21 to 24. Every day, people drive drunk more than 300,000 times. However, only about 3,200 of those people are arrested.

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 schools, colleges, and communities across the nation. Its programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

This tour is made possible through grant funding from the Maryland State Department of Education, with assistance from the Worcester County Health Department through its Prevention Department and Highway Safety Program.

The tour will visit Stephen Decatur High School on Wednesday, April 10thfor students from 11:00-2:30 and for parents and the community from 3:30-6:00. Pocomoke High School students will visit the simulator on April 11thfrom 8:30-2:30 and Snow Hill High School students will visit on April 12thfrom 8:30-2:30.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call Todd Betzold at 888.436.3394 ext. 6388, or email WCPS Instructional Coordinator, Tamara Mills at tjmills@worcesterk12.org.