Text & Drive Simulator Stumps Teen Drivers

Teenagers on average send and receive more than 100 text messages a day

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    Hilltop High School students tried to master a texting and driving simulator brought to the campus Monday by AT&T representatives.

    The simulator is inside a real car so it offers a realistic experience for teenagers who may think they can text while they drive despite all the warnings.

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    Out of 150 students, not one was able to drive the course successfully while completing a text message.

    The first student was only able to text the word “hey” before he took someone out on a bicycle.

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    “We know that 78 percent of kids know texting and driving is dangerous but 43 percent of them admit to doing it,” said Christine Moore, director of external affairs for AT&T.

    Moore said teenagers on average send and receive more than 100 text messages a day.

    The company offers an “It Can Wait” pledge families can use when discussing the dangerous of texting while driving with teenagers. 

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