But today, the Arrive Alive tour pulled into Springfield College to drive the point home.
“I drove off the side of the road and the report was saying that I would most certainly get a ticket,” says Michael Roufaeal, a sophomore at Springfield College who tested the texting-while-driving simulator.
“That’s the neat thing about the simulator is that it’s not rigged up to fail, some people do better than others and we’ve had people able to complete the course,” says Storm Olson, a representative for Arrive Alive.
Olson adds, “Both texting and the drunk driving — swerving a lot, dipping out of their lane, crossing the yellow line or sometimes just running off the road or crashing into a parked vehicle.”
Today, dozens of students hopped in a vehicle that’s programed to simulate driving.
A pair of goggles reveal what drivers would encounter on the road. Students see first-hand how much harder it is to maneuver around a jay-walker when they’re texting, or have alcohol in their system.
“I just figured it’s not that big of a deal if someone thinks I’m ignoring them for an hour, says Roufael. “Or if I just text them right before saying, ‘Hey, I got to drive.’”
It’s estimated that 11 Americans will die as a result of texting while driving every day. By the end of the year that adds up to 4,000 lives lost.