LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Students at Logan High School got a glimpse at just how dangerous texting and driving can be.
AT&T, AAA, the State Patrol and Senator Jennifer Shilling teamed up for the distracted driving simulation. It's part of a nationwide campaign called "It Can Wait."
"It's one of those things where it's like oh its just a simple text message, you're eyes aren't off the road that much, the first time it didn't seem like it was that much of a big deal," said Kassera Hansen, a junior at Logan.
But when Kassera actually got behind the wheel and tried to send a text, she saw just how dangerous it is.
"I'm not gonna text and drive," Kassera said. "Especially after driving that it, it was so hard and the amount of times I was swerving."
Kassera wasn't actually on the road, she tried the AT&T distracted driver simulator. that lets students see just how difficult it is to send a message while driving.
"It's very important that they do get to try it because so many of them if you just talk to them about oh there's weaving or you're following too close or you're speeding or you're not reacting tot he stop sign, they're like oh that's not me," said Wisconsin State Patrol Major Sandra Huxtable.
Major Huxtable says it's important that new and inexperienced drivers see the dangers. The junior class at Logan High school watched as Kassera and another student, Kadie tried out the simulator.
"I was definitely swerving and almost hit one of the pedestrians crossing the road," Kadie said.
Sending a message takes a driver's eyes off the road an average of five seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field and texting makes a crash 23 times more likely.
Kassera says not only will she put her phone down when she drives but if she's in the car with someone texting and driving, she'll ask them to stop.
To find out more about the program, you can click here.
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