Presentation shows dangers of texting and driving to students

Event part of ‘It Can Wait' movement

Local high schoolers experienced firsthand the dangers of texting and driving.

As part of the “It Can Wait” movement Juniors at Logan High School in La Crosse were put behind the wheel of a driving simulator to see what actually happens when drivers check their phones.

Tuesday’s presenters said a person drives the length of a football field while sending an average text at 55 miles per hour. The students also watched a documentary about how texting and driving impacted people’s lives.

It’s a reassuring lesson for one student that refuses to text and drive.

“To text and drive and know what it feels like to be not fully in control of your car was a really good experience to know not to do it,” said Logan High School Junior Allison Bottem.

The event is put on by AT&T, AAA, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.