UNA Students Learn About Distracted Driving

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Students at the University of North Alabama got a first-hand how distracted driving can lead to major consequences.

It’s an experience Taylor Anders will never forget.

“It’s scary because you could only imagine that people are doing this every day,” said Andres.

UNITE’s Arrive Alive program started nine years ago with a goal to teach people about the dangers of distracted driving.

“The driver gets into the vehicle and they drive the car just like a regular car. We have sensors hooked up to the brakes, gas and steering wheel. We have virtual reality glasses for them to see their perspective of the road. And then we run the driving stimulation of drinking and driving or texting and driving,” said team leader Patrick Sheehy.

The driver’s actions are all broadcasted through a monitor. When time is up, people see the danger they caused.

“Well actually, it makes me think about the people that do it. It makes me think about are they thinking are they thinking about the people on the road or are they even thinking about themselves,” said student, Preston Sales.

Arrive alive tours eight months out of the year with a goal to educate people about distracted driving.