JCJC students “Arrive Alive”

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2012-03-28 15:07:36

 ELLISVILLE – Imagine being able to see what could happen and preventing an accident.  The “Arrive Alive Tour” hopes Jones County Junior College students and everyone will think twice about texting or drinking and driving as an easy way to prevent tragedies that seem to be more common. 

“Because it’s not considered a health issue, we tend not to change our behavior,” said Cynthia Bush, JCJC Student Success Center program coordinator.  “We are trying to make students and everyone, to be more aware of the dangers of texting and driving, but also drinking and driving.”
Part of the problem, according to the United International’s Driving While Texting/Under the Influence organization revealed is we text all day long and don’t think about it.  When your cell phone alerts you there’s a message, we’re almost trained to answer it, without thinking of the consequences. JCJC sophomore, Courtney Mack said he tried out the simulator to see what would happen.
“I can’t drink and drive like I thought I could! I wanted to see what it would be like,” said Mack. 
Soso’s Jawara Frazier discovered something new about himself on the texting and driving simulator too.  “I know I can’t text and drive!  It’s harder than it seems.  I was speeding, swerving and I failed to stop.  This convinced me to not text and drive.”
That’s the goal of these simulators said Jackie Hopper of United International’s Driving While Texting/Under the Influence organization. Driving and texting is equally as dangerous as drinking and driving because it’s just as big of a distraction, according to statistics.
“We hope this simulator inspires people to stop behavior that can be deadly,” said Hopper.
The website, www.dwiprevention.org  has more information about the simulators and the “Arrive Alive Tour,” along with a wide-range of information.


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