Arrive Alive Tour teaches students about impaired driving

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – St. Vincent De Paul High School students arrived alive Monday, as they learn about impaired driving. UNITE is run by Patrick Degrasse, who has ran the Arrive Alive Tour for 15 years. Arrive Alive gives the students a firsthand look and feel of how distracted and under the influence driving is, in a simulated vehicle. The students are put into the vehicle and handed virtual reality goggles that give the driver the feel of being impaired. Everything is done electronically by the Arrive Alive team and the students give their thoughts on the process.

“Doing that it just scared me being behind the wheel, knowing that the slightest thing could take my life away. or take someone else’s life is just really scary,” said student Kamille Graham.

The students of St. Vincent De Paul High School rode in a simulated, state of the art, immobile vehicle with the Arrive Alive Tour in Perryville.

“We’re the Arrive Alive Tour, we travel around the country and teach students what its like to experience what its like being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and being distracted by their cell phone while going through a real world situation, in a safe environment,” said Cameron Dodgson, Arrive Alive Tour Spokesperson

The Arrive Alive Tour gives the students a front seat perspective on the dangers of driving impaired. The students are given a cell phone to send a text to simulate a person under the influence.

“My vision became like blurrier and every time I barely steered I just go right off the road,” said Kamille Graham, St. Vincent De Paul High School student.

The students were able to get a better look at what the damages of dangerous driving can cost.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes a year, according to the National Safety Council.

To follow up on more about the Arrive Alive Tour you can visit ArriveAliveTour.com.

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