Distracted driving simulator "wakes-up" high school students

Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Ahead of the Summerville versus Wando High School football game, many students were gathered around a specific tent at the field.

They were getting the chance to see first-hand the dangers of distracted driving through AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign.

Kids were able to get that experience through a virtual reality simulator.

It's similar to what you can experience with the drunk driving goggles, but focused on distractions from your phone while driving.

"A lot of the people we interact with admit to using their phones often while driving," said the spokesperson CJ Johnson, for the AT&T "It Can Wait" campaign. "Distracted driving right now is an epidemic. We want to tell people here that no text, no post, no email is worth your life or somebody else's."

According to AT&T, new research shows that 7-in-10 people use their smartphones while driving.

This isn't isolated to texting anymore, but scrolling through email, posting to social media sites, and taking selfies.

Many of the students who took part in the experience said this was a wake-up call for them, especially given the outcome of the simulation.

"It was really realistic," said Wando High School Sophomore Sean Remedy. "It gave you situations of pedestrians, cars, or wherever you are on the highway, or in a neighborhood. Lots of real life situations and it showed you the dangers of texting and driving."

"The reactions we've seen, we've heard people scream, we've had people take off the goggles and say 'I'm never going to do this again. It's not worth my life or somebody else's life'," Johnson said. "The reaction has been positive. It's much needed in our very distracted society."

Saturday the campaign will be outside of the AT&T store in North Charleston off Rivers Ave starting at 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

You're also able to get this experience on your phone using a cardboard device and a mobile app.

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