Teens from Horry and Marion counties learn texting and driving can be deadly

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - High school students from Horry and Marion counties jumped into a real car, put on simulated goggles and learned that texting and driving can be deadly.

Miller-Motte Technical College offered a distracted driving and drunken driving education program for students.

The Arrive Alive Tour from UNITE made a stop in Conway, SC.

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 texting while driving. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of distracted or drunken driving.

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 under 20 years old 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 only increasing.

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and distracted driving. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

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