Think You Can Text and Drive? Click Here

New technology helps you test yourself

By Tom Llamas
|  Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010  |  Updated 5:35 PM EDT
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Texting and driving is illegal and dangerous, but people still can't seem to put down their cell phones behind the wheel.  A driving simulator is putting multi-tasking drivers to the test.

Texting and driving is illegal and dangerous, but people still can't seem to put down their cell phones behind the wheel. A driving simulator is putting multi-tasking drivers to the test.

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Would you ever close your eyes when driving on the road? If you’ve ever sent a text message while driving you already have.

 
Steve Mochel runs The Fresh Green Light Driving School where he uses simulators to show teens and adults the dangers when you text and drive.
 
“What the simulators do,” Mochel told nbcnewyork.com “is it puts them in a situation that’s dangerous but does it in a safe environment.”
 
nbcnewyork.com followed 17-year-old Jacob Kupin through the simulator and the results were sobering. When Jacob started to text he took out a stop sign and other objects.
"As I’m going down to text, my foot will be resting on the gas pedal and I won’t realize how fast I’m going,” Kupin said, “then I’ll look up and I’ll be going 20 to 30 miles over the speed limit.”
 
Nearly 80% of all accidents result from driver distraction.
 
“Since the beginning of the Iraq War, there’s been about 5000 war related deaths,” Mochel said, “and on our roads during that same time there’s been 40,000 kids killed through car accidents.”
 
Texting while driving is banned in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

If you would like to test your texting and driving skills, The New York Times has a way you can do it right from your home computer. Just click here.

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