This Thursday and Friday Doña Ana Community College (DACC) students and the public can see how they react while driving distracted or driving while intoxicated to help change behaviors for the better.
The Arrive Alive Tour includes a simulator that shows reaction times for people who are texting and driving or under the influence (DUI). The Tour visits the Gadsden center, 1700 E. O’Hara Road, in Anthony from 10 am to 4 pm Thursday, November 8 and then travels to the East Mesa campus, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. in Las Cruces on Friday November 9 from 10 am to 4 pm.
As the holiday season approaches distracted driving increases. Those drivers who think they can beat the odds should take the simulator for a spin. Distracted driving and DUI are considered major health threats.
According to Teen Safe, distracted driving:
- Accounts for approximately 25% of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.
- Caused 391,000 injuries in 2015, in distracted driving related accidents.
- Was cited as a major factor in 3,477 traffic deaths in 2015.
- Kills 9 people in the U.S. each day as a result of crashes, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- Has been called an American epidemic and is completely preventable.
The statistics for DUI accidents are worse.
According to National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes in 2016, up 1.7 percent from 10,320 in 2015. In 2016 alcohol-impaired crash fatalities accounted for 28 percent of all crash fatalities.
Brought to you by the DACC Student Government Association, this event is open to the community:
What: Drive Alive Tour at DACC
Where & When: Gadsden Center on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 am to 4 pm
East Mesa Campus (DASR) on Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 am to 4 pm