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VSU students learn dangers of texting & driving

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

On Thursday a simulator at Valdosta State University showed students just how dangerous texting and driving can be.

Officials with the Office of Health Promotions at VSU say text messaging is the most alarming form of distracted driving.

They say distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to have a crash than people driving with full attention.

Thursday students sat in this car and typed a text message while driving on a virtual road. And many told us they failed the test.

"I wasn't on the simulator five minutes and I killed two people. Just imagine if it was a real life situation, and there's always work contractors on the road everyday so just imagine how many people you can kill," said sophomore, Quentoria Willingham.

Experts say sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6-seconds.

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