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Using Your Phone While Driving: It Can Wait

Students in Rochester are learning more about the dangers of distracted driving

Posted: Wed Sep 12 17:05:11 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Sep 12 17:05:12 PDT 2018

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crashes./// distracted driving can turn deadly in an instant. last year alone ? 10 people in iowa and 16 in minnesota lost their lives in crashes connected to careless driving. that's according to state transportatio n and public safety officials. to discourage this dangerous behavior at a young age ? a rochester high school is showing students what distracted driving crashes look like from a new perspective. kimt news three's annalise johnson is live now with the details ? annalise? xxx katie i'm here at john marshall high school where today... the school ? at&t ? and the minnesota towards zero deaths program teamed up for the "it can wait program" ? a project reminding students the leave their phones alone until they're done driving. one of the highlights of the day was at&t's virtual reality simulator. xxx "teens are a big contributor to the problem but that also means we can be a part of the solution as well." student council representative s mel sadecki and emmalee black are sharing the dangers of distracted driving ... with their classmates. "we've had technology our whole lives ? so we're obviously more connected to is than like the older generations ? so its just we need to form better habits." mel and emmalee think accountability is key ? both for themselves. "i choose my music right away before i even start moving ? i check my last text message." and their friends. "say hey do you want me to send that for you or hey do you want to put your phone away ? voice how you feel." "not only texting behind the wheel but they're also surfing the internet checking social media and even video chatting." john marshall resource officer greg marx played a big role in bringing the campaign to the school. as a police officer ? he's seen first?hand the devastation distracted driving causes. "all the things that i've seen in the 15 years that i've been in law enforcement ? the accidents that i've seen ? the preventable incidents." and he thinks the message 'it can wait' is even more powerful coming from john marshall students. "they're so used to hearing don't do this don't do that from adults and you know administration law enforcement their parents that when it comes from their friends and peers ? its really a different message." the virtual reality simulator. walks students through texting while driving scenarios. the simulator also allows students to listen to testimonies from people whose lives have been changed forever by reckless driving. "travis was texting and his car went beneath the 18 wheeler." i had the chance to try out the simulator for myself and it's so realistic... it might make you jump. nat: crash this wall at the presentation shows the names ? dates ? locations ? and times of death of people killed by careless driving. "our classmates our schoolmates need to understand that anything could happen to anybody. like you cant think oh its not going to be me." mel ? emmalee and officer marx want teenagers to know they have the power... to help prevent deaths with their choices behind the wheel. "i want the students to feel empowered." "we can be part of the solution which i think is really powerful." according to a t & t research ? 81 percent of drivers admit to texting behind the wheel ? and 64 percent admit to taking and viewing photos while driving. live in rochester annalise johnson kimt news 3./// thanks, annalise. the at&t 'it can wait' virtual reality experience is making two more stops in minnesota on it's national tour to educate students... it will be in duluth on monday and lake crystal on
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