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UNITE's Arrive Alive Campaign Stops at Lincoln High School

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UNITE's Arrive Alive Campaign travels all across the country to teach both high school and college students about the dangers of distracted driving.

The campaign stopped at Lincoln High School on Friday.

"We go to these schools in an attempt to raise awareness about the dangers of texting and driving and drinking and driving, by actually letting the students actually get into the car and try to drive under these circumstances," said Patrick Sheehy, with the Arrive Alive Campaign.

With sensors hooked up to the steering wheel, brake, and gas peddle the students get in the car and actually drive, under different circumstances.

The simulator is set up either for drinking and driving, where the virtual reality glasses show the effect of a number of drinks, or the students try to send a text message while driving.

"I think a lot of students are surprised that texting and driving has actually taken over as the number one cause of accidents on the road over drinking and driving and texting and driving is such a dangerous thing," explained Sheehy.

In this simulation the students actually get to see what it's like to drive distracted, but in this they only get a citation, when in real life the results could be much worse.

"You see students swerving, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving off the road, having collisions, in real life if you actually hit and kill a pedestrian you are looking at a vehicular manslaughter charge," Sheehy said.

 The students got to choose if they wanted to try to text and drive or drink and drive using the simulator, but afterward the reaction was the same.

Jake Harbert, Jeffrey Hartley

"I just drove while under the influence of alcohol and it was really hard to do. I learned definitely not to drink and drive; it's really not something to do," said Jake Harbert, a junior at Lincoln.

Jeffrey Hartley agreed.

"I did the texting and driving, and learned you need to really evaluate your choices and things can wait," said Hartley.

For more information on the Arrive Alive Campaign Tour click here.