JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Students at Arkansas State Universitygot a hands-on reality check Friday when it comes to the dangers of texting anddriving.
AT&T teamed up with the Department of Transportation andthe Federal Communications Commission to provide a computerized simulator usedin a real car. The simulator is designedto provide a realistic experience of what can happen when you decided to textand drive.
Amber Ray, an ASU sophomore, says the simulator was a bigwake up call. "I didn't realize it was that hard to text and drive." Ray saidafter using the simulator. "I didn't hit anyone [during the simulation], but was all over the placegoing over the lines and I almost hit a person. It was really close."
Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates tried the simulator andsays he believes it is a good tool to teach the realities of texting and driving. "It's just not worth it." Yatessaid, "If you have to send a text, pull over to the side of the road or stopand do it."
Texting is the No. 1 mode of communication for teens—who text,on average, 60 times a day. According tothe Allstate Foundation, one text takes your eyes off the road for an averageof five seconds. At 55 miles per hour,that equals driving the length of a football field completely blind.