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Layout 1UNITE’s Arrive Alive tour will make a stop at Spartanburg’s Spring Fling to educate people on the dangers of texting while driving and drunken driving.

Using a high-tech simulator, impact video, and a number of other resources, drivers will have the opportunity to experience the potential consequences of drunken and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

The simulator will be set up during from 12-7 p.m. May 3 and from 1-6 p.m. May 4.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89 percent of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association. Drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted. Not surprisingly, they text more than any other age group, and the number of young drivers who text is only increasing.

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high school and college campuses across the nation. Their programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of drunken and distracted driving. Their follow-up programs have a powerful impact on students to reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

If you have any questions or for more information, please call Patrick DeGrasse at (888) 436-3394, or Mandy Merck, Spring Fling Festival director at 562-4195.

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