Text & Die: Students try driving simulators

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Jacqueline Nguyen isn’t behind the wheel of a car, but a simulator. She isn’t a fully licensed driver but when she becomes one, the tool will hopefully help.

Through the course of the simulation, she quickly became distracted just by speaking with others in the room – it led to a crash.

Her friend, Kimmy Pham had similar problems even as she reached for a phone.

The simulator at Ascension Via Christi is designed to show the two teens how easy a driving infraction can happen.

“We want kids to know what they need to be doing, while in the car, to be safe,” said Ronda Lusk with the hospital. “They think it’s really, really simple.”

The National Safety Council found that teens are distracted behind the wheel now more than ever. Thirty-eight percent admitted to driving and texting at least once from the previous month and the rate was higher in rural states.

“They think ‘I can do this when I’m driving.’ But when the other kids watch as the students is doing the texting and driving, you see the disconnect,” she said.

At least two teens agree, the danger is real.

To learn more about Ascension Via Christi’s Safe Teens program, click here.

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