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HCC Central Homecoming features “simulator car” to educate students on dangers of texting and drunk driving

Houston Community College Central is offering a free distracted and drunken driving education program for students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, October 17, as part of its week-long observance of HCC’s Homecoming festivities.

UNITE International, an organization devoted to educating youth about the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving, will bring its specially equipped, high-tech “simulator car” and impact video to HCC Central’s campus as part of its “Arrive Alive” Tour 2013. The simulator allows students to experience, in a controlled environment, the potential consequences of drunk and distracted driving.

One of the most commonly recognized driving distractions is cell phone use. About 89% of all Americans have a cell phone, according to CTIA – The Wireless Association.

Drivers under 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Their lack of driving experience can contribute to critical misjudgments if they become distracted, UNITE stresses. UNITE says young drivers text more than any other age group, and the number of young drivers who text while driving is increasing.

The simulator car will be located on Austin Street behind HCC Central’s Learning Hub Science Building (LHSB), at 3517 Austin Street at Holman St.

For more information, please contact Sonya Sneed, Student Life Coordinator, at 713.718.6402 or


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