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UNITE Tour Arrive Alive arrives at Georgetown High School

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (FOX 56) — Students at Great Crossing High School had the chance to learn what it’s like to drive drunk, drugged or distracted in a realistic simulator.

It was done in a safe environment, with the hope of never getting into a real situation.

The students participated in UNITE’s “Arrive Alive” tour, a team effort of the Kentucky Bureau of Highway Safety and Anthem Medicaid.

This is a virtual reality experience that gives students insight into the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence. The experiments come with a citation and court date, showing students the consequences they would face in real life.

The students said it was a wake-up call.

“Just little simulations like this remind you of how bad it can be and how bad it is,” said Matthew Cannada, senior at Great Crossing High School.

Students who did this for the first time said it was much harder than expected, adding that from now on they will think twice before getting behind the wheel.

“It was very difficult and very different. Overall I didn’t do very well. I maybe didn’t even last 2 minutes,” Great Crossing High School junior Bailey Smith said.

School staff were happy to see students learning with this safe hands-on approach, they said it was better here than on the road.

“I think a lot of times they’ll hear things and think ‘This will never happen to me. If they walk in there and see what it really is, they’ll think ‘hey, maybe I shouldn’t be on my phone while I’m driving, maybe I shouldn’t be smoking weed or drink before getting behind the wheel of a car.’ I don’t think anyone thinks it could happen to them, but it does,” said Cheri Risher, Youth Services Center Coordinator at Great Crossing High School.

While the students had fun with the experience, the course organizers hope that the students will never forget what they learned.

“We hope this will raise awareness and let students know this is dangerous, let’s not do this and make the right decisions,” said Jennifer Miller, public health consultant for Anthem Medicaid.