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Teen Drinking Dangers: Arrive Alive Campaign Shows Dangers of Distracted Driving

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UNITE'S Arrive Alive campaign travels all across the country to both high schools and colleges and teaches kids about the dangers of drunk driving and texting while driving. The main goal is awareness.

"Even if they know they're not supposed to drink and drive just to kind of show them some of the bad things that can happen. You have to keep pushing that message; even texting can have bad, if not worse consequences as drinking and driving," said Jan Griffith, with the Arrive Alive Tour.

The Arrive Alive tour visited Lincoln High School to demonstrate the dangers of distracted driving.

During the campaign, kids get the chance to learn more about both texting while driving and drinking while driving, and the dangers of both.

The event starts with a video that shows real life outcomes of when people drink and drive or text and drive. The video hit home with some kids.

"We watched the video and it just really makes you think about texting and drunk driving," said Megan Walker, a junior at Lincoln High School.

In order to give the students an idea of what drunk driving is actually like they bring a car, which allows the students to get inside and put on a headset that virtually simulates driving distracted.

There are monitors outside of the car so that the other students can see what the driver sees.

"For the drunk driving portion we put a delay in the controls so it's kind of like simulating the effects that the alcohol will have on your system," Griffith said.

For the texting and driving portion there are no delays in the controls. The students drive like they normally would, but they have to type out a message on their phone. After trying the simulator Ty Wheeler said he'll think twice about driving distracted.

"I've never experienced drunk driving, and more than likely I wouldn't do it, so I just wanted to see what the effects were. After that experience I definitely not drink or text or anything like that," said Wheeler, a sophomore at Lincoln.

After the students were done driving they each received a citation, which listed their charge and the things they did wrong.

The program received good reviews from the students overall.

"I thought it was fun, it was a good experience," said Jolene Fullen, a senior at Lincoln High School.

The campaign ends with the students signing a pledge to say they won't text and drive or drink and drive.