ASU students get hands-on texting and driving reality check

Students at Arkansas State University got a hands-on reality check Friday when it comes to the dangers of texting and driving.
Students at Arkansas State University got a hands-on reality check Friday when it comes to the dangers of texting and driving.

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.

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