ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Nearly one third of U.S traffic related deaths in 2014 happened in alcohol-impaired driving wrecks, according to the CDC. The Albany Police Department teamed up with a national campaign to show students the dangers of impaired driving.
The Arrive Alive tour arrived in Albany Saturday.
Partnering with the Albany Police Department, the campaign aims to teach young drivers the dangers of texting and driving, and driving under the influence.
"This is a real thing. People do this on a daily basis. People can die or get in legal or financial trouble," said Max Vandewater.
The Arrive Alive Tour uses a high tech simulator and impact video among other resources to educate students.
"The kids get to go through the simulator and basically get the real effect of what is going on instead of them experiencing it without making it out alive of the accident," said Albany Police officer Marita Williams.
The idea is to give the children a fun activity that they remember, while still teaching them a valuable lesson.
"The kids hop in, have a good time. They're smiling and laughing. Everyone's watching and having a good time. Then they step out and have an ah ha moment where I hand them a citation," said Vandewater.
The lessons seem to resonate with students after they see what can happen and the consequences.
"Nobody should be drinking while driving, underage, especially or texting while driving," said student Jazlyn Butler.
"Once you go through this, you'll think twice about texting and driving and drinking and driving also," said Williams.
The students say this will make them think twice about drinking and driving and also texting while driving.
State farm was also at the event answering any questions from students about car insurance.