The students of the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District are getting the chance to experience the dangers of texting and driving. They're doing it in a safe way with a simulator.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, over seventy percent of teens say they text and drive
"I know that I’ve texted and drove before," said Senior Kyle Chandler.
Teens said they already know the impacts.
"I know some people who have gotten in accidents from texting and driving," said Senior Josh Bush.
Some teens said they don’t think their peers think of the consequences.
"I think it’s important for things like this to just be out there as a reminder that what they’re doing really could impact other people," said Senior Kelly Breckenridge.
Part of the simulation for the kids is learning the facts and the dangers of texting and driving. On average, according to the NHTSA, a text message distracts a driver from the road for five seconds and in that time the driver will travel the length of a football field.
“It can wait. What so important that you have to look at your phone and etc. It’s costin lives and a lot of injuries," said Oneida County Traffic Safety spokesman Tom Giruzzi.
Which is one take away students are taking from Thursday.
"I definitely think it’s a good reminder that it is dangerous that even if you think that it’s just a little text or even just one word that you're still risking your life and other peoples," said Breckenridge.
"I think this is a great simulation,” said Chandler,” Kids should know that they shouldn’t text and drive and how it can actually hurt them physically. "
Some even said there needs to be harsher penalties.
"I feel like a lot of people are getting in accidents from texting and driving and that it should be a mandatory fine or you should get points on your license," said Bush.
According to the NHSTA over thirty-three hundred people died from driving while texting in the United States in 2010.