Indianapolis students learn dangers of texting and driving
Indiana drivers are crashing and dying despite the state's no-texting law. Since that law took effect one year ago, 171 tickets have been written and 150 warnings have been issued. But this year alone, there have been 730 related crashes, more than 250 injuries and five deaths.
On Thursday, students at North Central High School got a free pass to text and drive. The consequences were only virtual, but the message was a powerful one.
Jasmine Falcon crashed her virtual car while texting and driving in Thursday's simulation.
"You had one collision. You hit one pedestrian. You sped one time over the speed limit, and you crossed the center line once also," she was told.
The texting and driving simulator drives home the point about safety, alhough not all teens are sure the message is getting through.
"A lot of my friends do text and drive. Sometimes they listen and sometimes they do not listen," said Jasmine, a high school senior.
Student after student tried their hand or fingers at texting behind the wheel. The school is allowing as many students as possible to go through the simulator, hoping that if they fail here they will realize they cannot text and drive in real life without facing potentially serious consequences.
For some like senior Trey Joob, the message hits close to home. A month ago, Trey said good-bye to his 18-year-old friend Cameron Glore.
"He was driving some country road and I guess he was distracted and he blew through a stop sign and he got T-boned," he said.
The students signed an oversized pledge card not to text on the road.
Out of all the lessons this school year, "waiting to text" could turn out to be the most life-saving.
"Don't do it," said Jasmine.