The "Arrive Alive Tour" teaches students the dangers of distracted and impaired driving

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BAYARD, Neb. (KNEP) - The “Arrive Alive Tour” made a stop at Bayard Jr. /Sr. High School to teach students the dangers of distracted and drunk driving.

According to Unite Representative, Mallory McKenzie, nearly one-third of traffic deaths involve alcohol-impaired drivers. The high-tech simulator brings real life scenarios to students.

"The students control the gas, brake and steering wheel,” McKenzie said. “Then we run them through two scenarios; drinking and driving and texting and driving.”

Arrive Alive Tour Representatives say, every two minutes a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. The hands on simulator hopes the message of safety will resonate with the students.

"Spread the word that drinking and driving and texting and driving are incredibly dangerous,” McKenzie said.

For students at Bayard, experiencing the potential dangers has made students think before getting behind the wheel.

"They make it feel like you are drunk driving, or if you are texting,” Junior Bayard High School student, Alan Ouderkirk said. “Well, I did the drunk driving, and it just got blurry and the next second I got in a wreck.”

The program helps heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of impaired driving. So far, the simulator has made impacts among students nationally and even locally.

“I will tell them not to be distracted while driving,” Ouderkirk said.