Mesa College kicks off distracted driving event

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Mesa College students experienced the consequences of drunk and distracted driving during a prevention event held on campus Thursday.

Organizers of the “Arrive Alive Tour” utilized high-tech simulators, impact videos and a number of other resources to educate the students about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving.

“I haven’t driven drunk but I have texted and I know a lot of my friends do too,” said student Donald Griffith.

As part of the event, Griffith simulated what it would be like to be stuck inside a wrecked car after an accident.

“It’s making this claustrophobic vehicle more claustrophobic,” said Griffith while stuck inside the car. “It’s just unsafe and I did have a friend in 2012 who was killed by a drunk driver so after that I was like … I can’t drink and drive.”

Crews cut open the roof of the car to pull Griffith out. During real-life situations, crews said they often find the drivers unconscious, badly hurt or sometimes dead.

“It’s a terrible feeling, you never know what’s going to happen at that moment … at any time a car can hit you, you can run over a pedestrian … it’s not safe at all,” said student Waleeh Tookhi.

According to organizers, college students are the people most likely to get involved in a distracted driving incident.

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