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Springfield students experience drunk and distracted driving simulator

Thurston High School hosted UNITE's Arrive Alive Tour on campus Monday which informed students about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 5:40 PM
Updated: Feb. 19, 2018 6:33 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Students at Thurston High School got to experience firsthand what can happen when you drive drunk or distracted.

Thurston High School hosted UNITE's Arrive Alive Tour on campus Monday.

Students were able to go into a virtual reality simulator which had sensors on the gas, brake, and steering. Staff put them in two scenarios in the simulator. In one scenario, they would alter the student's alcohol level digitally which made it difficult for students to drive. While the second scenario involved texting and driving.

One student said he hopes his peer's will take Monday's program to heart.

"Just don't do it,” said Blake Richmond, student. “You just got to try not to die at a young age, just be responsible with your priorities and just don't go out there and be stupid."

Organizers of the event said one person is injured in an accident that involves drinking and driving every two minutes in our country. They also said texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drinking and driving.

For more information on the Arrive Alive Tour click HERE.

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