BRIEF: Students get lesson in texting and driving
Feb 08, 2013 (Grand Forks Herald - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Grand Forks Red River High School sophomore Sheyanne Feist reacts after "crashing" a vehicle simulator Thursday during a texting and driving demonstration at the school. Sophomores had the chance to see for themselves Thursday the dangers of texting while driving and other distracting habits. The simulator car is from AT&T, which is sponsoring a nationwide awareness campaign about texting and driving. Thursday's event was sponsored by the North Dakota Safety Council and Safe Kids Grand Forks. The simulator was in Fargo and Northwood, N.D., earlier this week and will return to the Fargo area today.
According to research, texting is the No. 1 mode of communication for teens, who text on average 60 times a day. One text takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. At 55 mph, that's driving the length of a football field completely blind, the institute said.
"I think it hits home," Patty Olsen of Safe Kids Grand Forks said of the students' reaction to how easy it is to become distracted while driving. Olsen said not only do officials stress the danger of texting and driving, but also remind the students that it is against the law.
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