Texting, Driving and Crashing
Simulator shows teens the danger of texting and driving.
Texting while driving is a nationwide problem.
It's responsible for more than a million crashes a year.
Although it's not illegal in Florida, there's a national push that stopped in Fort Myers teach teens about the dangers.
Fort Myers High School sophomore Nicole Allison has been learning to drive for six months.
She got a crash course in texting while driving.
She and her classmates got to see what it's like, but without the real consequences, using a simulator.
"It's pretty realistic because your actually using the peddle and the brakes and the steering wheel like you normally would," Allison said.
It's all part of a national campaign through AT&T called 'Texting and Driving... It Can Wait' to raise awareness about the dangers.
According to AAA, texting takes your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.
At 55 miles per hour, that's the length of a football field.
Allison noticed that during the activity.
"It took about a solid seven seconds for me to run into the side of the road and total my car," Allison said.
The campaign started traveling to schools around the country this spring.
Fort Myers High is one of a dozen it's been to so far - with community partners like law enforcement on hand, too.
"It's important to try and build habits while they're still fresh and say, permitted, as opposed to getting them when they're hardened seasoned drivers," Lee County Sheriff's Deputy T.C. Tyus said.
Allison has heard of dangers of texting and driving before and said the lesson is proof it's not worth the risk.
"It kind of proved to me that it's not really possible to do that safely and that something inevitably is gonna go wrong," Allison said.
State troopers say drivers can be ticketed for careless driving if you're involved in a crash, depending on the situation.