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UW-L students experience dangers of texting and driving

Published On: Sep 06 2013 10:26:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 09 2013 08:50:09 AM CDT

WKBT, News8000.com

LA CROSSE, WI -

UW-La Crosse students are learning first-hand the dangers of texting while driving.

The campus brought in a driving simulator Friday.

Students sat behind the wheel of a car and wore a video visor. They then used their own cell phone to try to send text messages to see how dangerous it can be.

Some students ended up speeding, driving off the road, even hitting pedestrians in the simulator.

Organizers say it's an important lesson, especially on a college campus. "A lot of people do have cars on campus and just walking down the street I will see so many people just picking up their phone and texting while they're driving and it's important for everyone to know that it's dangerous and it can happen to anyone," said Anna Peters from the Campus Activities Board.

The "Aware TXT" simulator is becoming a favorite among high school and college campuses around the country.

Police officers say it sends the right message about distracted driving. "When you are driving, all your attention needs to be on the road and paying attention to what's happening on the road for both your safety and other vehicles' safety and pedestrian and bicycle safety," said La Crosse Police Lt. Patrick Hogan.

Law enforcement says you should pull over if you absolutely have to make a call or send a text.

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