Local Teens Experience Dangers of Texting and Driving in Florida

by Carmen Dellutri on June 13, 2011

Florida car accident textingTechnology is the latest way to reinforce the dangers of texting and driving in Florida, the Naples News reports. Students at Naples High School recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a regular car equipped with a high-tech simulator to see how their driving is affected while they receive and send text messages.

Teens sat in the driver’s seat of a non-moving car, put on simulator goggles, and then attempted to “drive.” Students drove about 45 mile per hour in the virtual reality of relatively light traffic. Then, a cell phone rang from the small open nook in the driver’s side armrest, indicating a new text message was received.

Drivers had to glance away from the road and look under the bottom rim of the simulator glasses to view the phone and text. Although some students successfully swerved to avoid a collision, others collided into objects or other cars.

Outside of the car, students were able to watch their classmates on a flat-screen TV. They witnessed many swerving cars, often crossing over the yellow line into oncoming traffic.

The interactive tool was part of the Arrive Alive Tour sponsored by Allstate Insurance in partnership with Unite International, a company that provides DUI and texting simulator training nationwide. The program will be held in seven cities across the country to kick off the 100 deadliest days on the road for teens, which occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day each summer, Allstate Insurance officials report.

The students at Naples High seemed to gain a greater appreciation for the increased risk of a Florida car accident when texting and driving.

“So, what did you think?” United employee Storn Olson asked of a student as she exited the simulator.

“You crash more,” responded Taylor Manning, 16, as she got out of the car.

For teens who text behind the wheel, the message really is that simple.

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