CREATED Sep. 17, 2013
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.- North Fort Myers High School students were told to get in the car and try to text while driving. A driving simulator from Allstate allowed students to look at the dangers of distracted driving.
Josh Pollmann, a junior at North Fort Myers High, got behind the wheel.
"The texting and driving defintely threw me off a couple times. I ended up in the other lane, almost hit someone," said Pollmann.
The car placed in the high school's gymnasium will also travel to 20 other cities across the country to teach a lesson.
"Students start with a survey... how well do they think they will do when they are distracted and then they get in a real car put virtual reality goggles on and instructor asks them to text certain messages," said Allstate agent Kevin Greenwell.
Dozens of kids gave it a try and so did Fox 4 reporter Julie Salomone. The results were not pretty.
While trying to text, Julie drove under the speed limit, almost his some pedestrians and eventually was pulled over for running a red light. Students didn't do so well either.
"How well did you do?" asked Salomone.
"I did really bad," said Taylor Oxman, senior.
"What happened?" asked Salomone.
"I killed someone," said Oxman.
These mistakes weren't the real deal, but when we get on the real road, the distractions can be deadly.
"Cell phones are extremely dangerous," said Kathy Della Bella, Driver Education teacher.