Text & Drive Simulator Stumps Teen Drivers

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

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 3:14 PM PDT
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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.

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.

“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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