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Thanks to 3-D simulator, Northeast State students learn about dangers of distracted and drunken driving

October 28th, 2013 8:33 pm by Rick Wagner

Thanks to 3-D simulator, Northeast State students learn about dangers of distracted and drunken driving

Martin Burke, UNITE driving instructor, watches Northeast State student Deshan Mingo in the 3-D simulator Monday. Photo by David Grace.

BLOUNTVILLE  — Drinking while driving is bad, but texting while driving is probably worse.

That was one of the messages of UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour 2013 that came to Northeast State Community College on Monday.

Northeast students got to hear that message and experience the effects of driving while impaired and driving while texting firsthand using a three-dimensional simulator on campus.

“It’s like a video game. It gets people’s attention,” said UNITE’s Pat Sheehy, team leader. “At the same time, it’s raising a serious note about how serious this is.”

Sheehy and driving instructor Martin Burke brought a driving simulator to the Upper Courtyard, where about 85 students, staff and faculty participated.

He said drivers who are texting are 23 percent more likely to be in an accident and that 80 percent of all accidents are related to distracted driving.

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