NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Ever think you are one of the good drivers who can text and drive and the same time? Well, the State Highway Patrol is putting drivers to the test.
W8 2 TXT sponsored by SUBWAY gives drivers the chance to text and drive without putting anyone in harm's way.
"It makes me feel awful," said Michele Halvorsen of Pennsylvania. She is on vacation visiting family, but never thought she would learn a life saving lesson.
Halvorsen said sometimes she does text and drive, but that this simulation showed her just how dangerous it is.
"I had no idea how distracted I would be just driving this little course," she said. "I'm amazed that I failed so horribly."
Halvorsen isn't the only one who should be surprised at the negative effects texting has on a driver's attention. In a study put out by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers that text and drive are 23 times more likely to crash.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and our news station is committed to helping stop texting and driving. Visit our web site and sign our pledge to make your car a phone-free zone.
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