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Students learn distracted driving dangers with virtual reality

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Some say texting and driving has become an epidemic. One statistic shows that 11 teens die every day because they were texting and driving.

On Tuesday, the AT&T “It Can Wait” campaign stopped by University High to change that.

Tygan Sweet is a sophomore at University High. He's in the process of learning to drive and a simulation Tuesday puts him right in the driver's seat.

“It was a lot more realistic than I was expecting it to be,” he says.

But what he's seeing is someone else's decisions while driving and that person is driving distracted.

“He just kept getting texts from his wife,” he says about the driver. “And every time he looked down he almost rear ended, hit kids.”

Tygan believes this is a valuable lesson

“It taught me that it's actually more dangerous than I thought it was,” he says. “I already knew it was a bad thing but going through it, seeing all the real life things happen, I know that it's way worse than I thought it would be.”

He wants a class like this to be mandatory for all teens.

“There is no in-between,” he says. “You should experience it to see what can happen. Because if you just hear it, you'll be like oh whoop-de-doo, but if you experience it, it will have a lot of impact on your decision later.”

Students also signed a pledge to not use their phone while driving. More than 7.9 million people have signed it so far. To sign it, you can go here: http://www.itcanwait.com/pledge

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