A Lesson In Distracted Driving

Students Get A Lesson In Distracted Driving

Guilford County, N.C. -- Some students in Guilford County got a lesson in distracted driving Tuesday. 

They put on a virtual reality headset that showed them the consequences of texting while driving. It's part of AT&T's, 'It Can Wait" campaign

Northeast High School was able to host the "It Can Wait" campaign thanks to the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program and the Department of Transportation. They too are hosting a driving campaign, "Speed a Little, Lose a Lot. This campaign will run from April 13-23. 

 

Students also saw the aftermath of a deadly crash. Organizers brought in a car that was involved in a deadly crash in 2010. The girl behind the wheel did not survive.

Corporal Julie Emery with the Guilford County Sheriff's department reiterated that distracted driving of any kind is dangerous. 

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"Distracted driving as a whole is a big problem," Emery said. "A lot of people use their cell phones because they think they're going to miss something if they're not constantly checking it."

She also told WFMY News 2 that reading a text message takes about 5 seconds. If the driver is going 55 mph, that's like driving the length of a football field with their eyes closed.

 

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