March 27, 2013

Driving Simulator Highlights Dangers

ASWN to Host 'Arrive Alive'

WNC's Associated Students of Western Nevada want to help fellow students and their families stay safe by raising awareness about the dangers of texting while driving, as well as drunk driving. The student group will bring ‘Arrive Alive’ to the Carson City Campus on Tuesday, April 16, from noon to 6 p.m. The activities will take place between the Dini LIbrary and the Child Development Center.

The program, presented by UNITE, features the most high tech texting and driving simulator in the country. Participants will be able to experience first hand the dangers of texting while driving as well as drunk or distracted driving. Students will be able to view videos showing the impact of distracted and drunk driving. They will also have the opportunity to visit the Pledge Station and pledge to not drive while distracted.

ASWN Advisor Shelly Bale says it’s very likely that everyone knows of someone who has been injured or even killed in a car accident due to distracted driving or driving while impaired. “This event gives everyone a chance to experience the consequences of distracted driving without paying a deadly price,” she said. “With graduation coming up, it is a perfect time to remind our young people to abide by the laws.”

UNITE produces Arrive Alive events on high school and college campuses across the country. Statistics show these events are needed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that drivers under 20 years of age have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group and the numbers of young drivers who text is increasing.

For additional information, please contact:
WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775-445-3234
Fax: 775-445-3198
E-mail: info_desk@wnc.edu


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