Arrive Alive tour rolls onto Bates Technical College

Thursday, November 7

Students and public can use simulator to experience dangers of distracted driving

TACOMA, Wash. -Washington state drivers may know that texting while driving can impair their ability to react and drive safely on the road. But many do it anyway, regardless of potential consequences.  

That's why Bates Technical College has teamed up with UNITE International's Arrive Alive Tour to help educate the public about dangers associated with texting and driving. On Thursday, Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the Arrive Alive Tour will bring a distracted-driving simulator to the college's South Campus auto body program, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma.  

The simulator will allow users to experience distracted driving first hand without actually being in a dangerous situation. Billed as the most high-tech texting and distracted driving simulator in the nation, it also includes a passenger-eye view, which allows anyone standing around the simulator to experience what the driver experiences.  

Participants will receive a mock ticket following their simulation so they can better understand the physical and legal dangers of texting and distracted driving. Throughout the day, a facilitator will ask questions and provide statistics about the dangers associated with distracted driving, and a high-impact video presentation will play to serve as an additional educational resource for those in attendance.  

To learn more about the Arrive Alive Tour, visit For more information about this event, call LeMont Lucas at 253.680.7113, or email  

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.  

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