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'It Can Wait' Encourages No Texting and Driving

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Students at Jackson State Community College were exposed to the dangers of texting and driving, Tuesday. A special event gave the opportunity to see what can happen without the real world risk.

Students lined the parking lot to see the downside of sending and reading texts while piloting a vehicle. JSCC partnered with AT&T to let students see first-hand the dangers of driving while distracted. A simulator was used to show students what could happen.

"It's just a simple thing. Texting...it's no big deal but it can get dangerous when you're behind the wheel," said Victor Pappis, a student at JSCC.

Organizers said more than 100,000 automobile accidents last year were caused by texting and driving. According to AT&T officials, you are twenty-three times more likely to get in an automobile accident while texting and driving.