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Tucson teens see dangers of texting & driving

Tucson teens see dangers of texting & driving

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It is summer time and lots of teenagers are riding around town and hanging out with friends, but this time of year is also the deadliest days on the roads for them, according to traffic safety experts.

One local group in Tucson is working to put a stop to texting and driving because it takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and keeps your mind distracted.

Tucson teenager, Daniel Vega tried out the AT&T “Texting and Driving…It Can Wait” simulator in downtown. He said it was a real wake up call and taught him a lot.

“How to stay safe on the road and avoid distractions and keep people safe. If you get a text just wait until you’re done driving and then check it when you come to a stop,” Vega said Saturday.

Teens are not the only one’s admitting to texting while driving. At least one-third of adults have admitted to checking their texts while on the road, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you do that and get caught in the City of Tucson, you could get stopped by police and get a ticket.

“It Can Wait” organizer Mary Okoye said, it is just plain dangerous.

 “You really can’t control what you’re doing if you are distracted. The message is no text is worth dying for, “ Okoye said Saturday. “75% of teens say that they text while they’re driving which is not safe at all. Most of the deaths that occur are because people are distracted drivers.”

To try the simulated texting and driving program or pledge not to text and drive,

click here: http://bit.ly/SR34ie

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