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Simulator shows the dangers of texting while driving

LAWTON, Okla._More than 200,000 crashes in America involves texting and driving each year.

Many cause serious injury and even death. So, students at Central Middle School in Lawton were able to see the dangers firsthand inside a driving and texting simulator. Most of them crashed, just seconds after starting.

Texting while driving has become so dangerous that Oklahoma law makers are working on a bill to make it illegal in the state, but just because something is illegal doesn't mean it stops. So, one organization is taking their campaign to students who can't even drive yet to make sure this dangerous trend comes to an end.

"If that was me in there, I could have got a middle concussion, a broken leg…anything," said Donovan Stewart, 8th-grade student.

The students going through the simulator started noticing trends and each one made it further and further, but not one could finish without wrecking or getting pulled over.

"It was going good, but then I crashed because I turned the wrong way, because I was texting and driving," said Tysen Ketner, 8th-grade student.

Stewart is just 13 years old, but Wednesday he pledged when he can drive, he won't be texting.

"I don't want to risk my life just to say, 'Oh no, I don't want to go here or there.' It's just stupid," said Stewart.

That's the pledge C.J. Johnson with "It Can Wait" wants all these students to take, and it doesn't matter that they can't legally drive yet.

"They're the future drivers. They've never been more distracted with their phones. So, just know that driving alone is a tough thing to do, just don't do it while you're texting," explained Johnson.

It is a fun simulator, but gets across an important message to these 8th-graders.

"This is a safe, a fun environment. Kids are laughing. They are laughing at each other, and they are walking away thinking 'I shouldn't do that' and our hope is that they share their message with their friends and their family," said Johnson.

To get that message across, they were shown a short film called "The Last Text" to show how dangerous a text like "Where r u?" can be.

"It shows them that a simple text that was sent in a documentary caused people to lose their life. No text is worth somebody's life," said Johnson.

The "It Can Wait" campaign has useful tools on how to stop texting and driving, including apps and a graphic documentary. You can learn more about the campaign here.

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