Video: THS Students Get “Virtual Reality” View With Distracted Driving Demo
TUPELO, MISS. (WCBI) – Students at Tupelo High School got a realistic view of what it’s like to be involved in a car wreck because of a distracted driver.
AT and T brought its “It Can Wait” campaign to the school with a Virtual Reality demonstration that allowed students to understand the dangers of distracted driving.
Students sat through a three minute virtual reality drive through town, which culminates in a wreck.
“It was so realistic, it almost made you feel like it actually happened and it was scary and it showed you it really does happen, and people don’t think about it and people really do get in wrecks and die from texting and driving,” said THS Senior Madeline Boyd.
“Distracted driving is an epidemic now, 7 in 10 people use their smartphone while behind the wheel and our goal today is we want to teach teenagers that no post, selfie, or even glance is worth your life or somebody else’s life,” said CJ Johnson, of the “It Can Wait” campaign.
According to an AT and T survey, sixty one percent of drivers say they text while driving, 33 percent said they email, and 28 percent say they surf the net when they are behind the wheel.