U-Haul, UAB join forces for ‘Arrive Alive’

By on June 25, 2013
USGA President Andrew Hayes drove a simulated vehicle into a building while attempting to text and drive at UAB's StopTextsStopWrecks.org event at the Campus Recreation Center Monday. Sean Medina, right, monitors the severity of the crash. (Staff photo)

UAB joined with Alabama’s Attorney General and corporate sponsors Monday to promote awareness about the dangers of texting while driving.

USGA President Andrew Hayes drove a simulated vehicle into a building while attempting to text and drive at UAB's StopTextsStopWrecks.org event at the Campus Recreation Center Monday. Sean Medina, right, monitors the severity of the crash. (Staff photo)

USGA President Andrew Hayes drove a simulated vehicle into a building while attempting to text and drive at UAB’s StopTextsStopWrecks.org event at the Campus Recreation Center Monday. Sean Medina, right, monitors the severity of the crash. (Staff photo)

The event — U-Haul presents “Arrive Alive:  Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks!” provided an opportunity to learn more about the impact of texting while driving.

Attendees participated in simulated texting and driving activities, heard live testimonials from individuals impacted by the devastating affects of texting while driving and signed a pledge in support of:  “Arrive Alive: Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks!”

“I am proud to partner with U-Haul and the University of Alabama at Birmingham to spread this message of safety to the people of Alabama,” Attorney General Luther Strange said. “It is important that people obey the law and make good choices when it comes to keeping themselves, their families, and everyone on the road in Alabama safe.”

The Attorney General, UAB Department of Psychology Translational Research for Injury Prevention’s Despina Stavrinos, and U-Haul Executive Vice President Stuart Shoen addressed the importance of “Arrive Alive: Stop the Texts, Stop the Wrecks!” during Monday’s press conference at the Campus Recreation Center.

The “Arrive Alive” event featured the “Save-A-Life Tour, Distracted-Driving Program,” which showcased high-intensity videos rolling on monitors, with show presenters engaging attendees.

“We hope members of the community have embraced this event to help educate and remind all drivers young and old about the dangers we place ourselves in daily by driving distracted, without even thinking about it,”  stated Stuart Shoen, executive vice president, U-Haul International, Inc.

Special to Kaleidoscope

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