TEEN DRIVERS: Dangers Of Texting While Driving

Students at East High School kicked off national Teen Driver Safety Week by learning about the dangers of texting behind the wheel.

AT&T is teaming up with Des Moines Public Schools to teach young drivers the dangers of using their devices while driving. 

“We believe it is our responsibility with the products we sell. They’re handy and do a lot but with that comes responsibility and we believe it is our responsibility to teach our consumers to use responsibly,” says Beth Canuteson with AT&T.

Drivers have heard the message over and over again but Friday’s event was meant to show teens the dangers of texting while driving. Students were able to drive a simulator while using their device — many kids hit dogs, bicyclists, and vehicles. 

Organizers tried to reinforce that texting while driving, is just as dangerous as drinking and driving

“Until we change that stigma, that social stigma with texting and driving we’re not going to make a difference,” says Canuteson.

During Friday’s event, students signed AT&T’s pledge to not text and drive.