Simulator shows dangerous effects of impaired, distracted driving

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 8:50 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2018 at 9:55 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - In 2018, drivers have to worry about more than drunk drivers on the road.

More people are driving distracted while on their cell phones and getting behind the wheel high on drugs.

The Arrive Alive Tour travels the country in a jeep, but once it's parked it acts as a simulator for what it's really like to be driving while drunk, high, or distracted.

"Getting behind the wheel may seem like an everyday thing, but it's a huge responsibility and you're wielding a very deadly weapon," said Max Vandewater, safety ambassador with Arrive Alive Tour.

Vandewater said the simulation feels very realistic.

"We have all kinds of obstacles that are in there that are realistic to real life," Vandewater said. "People pull out in front of you without looking."

According to the Arrive Alive Tour, a lot of these crashes are affecting young people.

In 2014 the highest percentage of drunk drivers involved in fatal wrecks were between 21 and 24 years old, and nearly a dozen teenagers die every day from texting in driving.

Some brave Southwest Tennessee Community College students took to the wheel. Kira Jefferson saw what it was like to be drunk behind the wheel.

The jeep had nearly 50,000 miles in just in the last year traveling the country, spreading the Arrive Alive message.

It will remain in Memphis one more day. Wednesday, it will be at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Macon Cove Campus.

Click here to learn more about Arrive Alive's mission.

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