Distracted driving simulator coming to BTHS

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour program is coming to students at the Burlington Township High School on Tuesday, May 9.

Burlington Township’s Public Safety Director Bruce Painter announced Friday, May 5 that the Burlington Township Police Department will be partnering with the Burlington Township School District to bring UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour program to students at the Burlington Township High School on Tuesday, May 9.

UNITE’s Arrive Alive Tour program uses a high-tech simulator, impact video and a number of other resources to educate the public about the dangers of texting while driving and intoxicated driving. The simulator allows participants to experience the potential consequences of impaired and distracted driving in a controlled environment.

Drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

UNITE brings health and wellness programs to high schools, colleges, and communities across the nation. Its programs are designed to heighten awareness to the dangers and consequences of impaired and distracted driving. These events reinforce the subjects that schools and parents teach them daily.

This cooperative initiative comes on the heels of BTPD’s recent participation in the U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign during April. During that high visibility enforcement operation, officers dedicated 100 hours of patrol time focusing on distracted driving enforcement. Over the course of 189 motor vehicle stops, the officers issued 46 cell phone and texting summonses, 12 speeding summonses, 8 seat belt summonses, 6 suspended driver summonses, 1 careless driving summons and 83 miscellaneous violation summonses for a grand total of 156 motor vehicle summonses. In addition, officers made one warrant arrest.

The Arrive Alive Tour event is being funded via a grant from the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA).