Distracted driving program set for GCCC

9/28/2013

Garden City Community College and its Student Government Association are offering a distracted and drunken driving education program for students.

Garden City Community College and its Student Government Association are offering a distracted and drunken driving education program for students.

The "Arrive Alive" program will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday on the central campus mall. The public is welcome to attend.

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 younger than 20 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 numbers of young drivers who text is increasing.

The program will be presented by UNITE, a national organization that brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. UNITE programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving.

UNITE's "Arrive Alive" program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate students about the dangers of drunken driving and texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving.

For more information, call GCCC Student Activities Coordinator Tammy Tabor at 276-9474.

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