CHARLESTOWN, Ind.(WHAS11) -- Charlestown Middle School students had the chance to experience a texting and driving simulator to help discourage distracted and impaired driving.
Students used the computer simulation to try and send a text message while maintaining a speed of 55 miles per hour.
The simulation was sponsored by the Indiana Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions.
"Texting and driving is the leading cause of death among teenagers. The average text for a teenager is 4.3 seconds a and at 55 MPH, they go 110 yards, so it's like the length of a football field without looking at the road. The simulator shows them what it's like being on the road and distracted," said Geoff Grow, with Students Against Destructive Decisions.
The students also got to see the effects of drunk driving by using a remote controlled car or motorized scooter, while wearing goggles to simulate the effect of driving under the influence.