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How do alcohol and texting really affect your driving? UNITE's Arrive Alive simulator shows you

By Cindy Toland Aug 31, 2015

Watch: See how the simulator works in this Arrive Alive demonstration in Baltimore, Md.

What do the consequences of drunk and distracted driving actually feel like? UNITE's Arrive Alive Program shows you first hand through a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other educational resources. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

Safe Communities Wyoming and the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving are sponsoring the program at three Wyoming colleges. It comes to Casper College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, and will be outside Strausner Hall.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to the Cellular Telephone Industries 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.

The program will also stop at two more Wyoming colleges this week:

  • Central Wyoming College in Riverton, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

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 drunk and distracted driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

Cindy Toland

Safe Communities educates on the dangers of at-risk behavior and addresses issues such as drinking and driving, seat belt and car seat usage, and texting and driving. Cindy Toland is coordinator for Wyoming Medical Center Region 2 Safe Communities. Call her at 577-2134 or email her at