UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour to visit Albany State University

Tour features virtual reality impaired driving and texting simulator

ALBANY, Ga. – Albany State University will offer an impaired-driving simulation, Monday, Feb. 27, to educate ASU students on the effects of driving while distracted or intoxicated. The virtual reality simulator will be located at the Student Center Amphitheater, East Campus, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Arrive Alive Tour, hosted by health and wellness organization UNITE, uses a high-tech simulator, impact video, and additional resources to  allow participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

“Spring break will begin within the next couple of weeks for Albany State University students. During this time, many of our students will be travel. I am encouraging students to participate with the Arrive Alive Tour so that they can gain an actual experience of the consequences of texting and driving, as well as, drinking and driving,” said Angelnique Jordan, student ethics and integrity coordinator and university judicial officer. “In addition, I want to encourage our students to be safe while behind the wheel, not only during spring break but every day.”

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association, and drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They text more than any other age group, and the number of young drivers who text is only increasing. The lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. “If you have driven while being distracted whether texting, drinking or under the influence of any type of drug; you will always put your life and others in danger,” said John Fields, ASU’s chief of police. “Think of the consequences before you put yourself and others lives in danger.”

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high schools, colleges, and communities across the nation. Its programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of impaired and distracted driving. These events have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

The UNITE Arrive Alive Tour at Albany State University is a collaboration between the Office of Judicial Affairs, the ASU Police Department, Student Health Services, the Division of Student Affairs and Success and Student Life and Activities For more information about the Arrive Alive Tour, please contact Patrick DeGrasse at 888-436-3394.


About Albany State University …
Albany State University, in Southwest Georgia, has been a catalyst for change in the region from its inception as the Albany Bible and Manual Training Institute to its designation as a university. Founded in 1903 to educate African-American youth, the university continues to fulfill its historic mission while also serving the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. A progressive institution, Albany State University seeks to foster the growth and development of the region, state and nation through teaching, research, creative expression and public service. Through its collaborative efforts, the university responds to the needs of all of its constituents and offers educational programs and service to improve the quality of life in Southwest Georgia. For more information, see http://www.asurams.edu. Follow the university on Twitter at @AlbanyStateUniv and on Facebook at Albany State University Official Page.