Talk, Text, Crash Campaign makes pit stop in Temple

Posted at 4:52 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 17:55:38-04

The Texas Department of Transportation's Talk, Text, Crash Campaign made a pit stop at Temple College Monday morning.

The campaign hit the road in early April and encourages drivers to stay focused on driving and not using their cell phones.

According to TxDot, more than 100,000 statewide traffic crashes involve distracted drivers each year. 

"Texting by itself, just three seconds looking down on your phone, you can travel 100 yards on the roadway, "TxDot spokesperson Ken Roberts said. "And in that time anything could happen. That's like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed."

Undergraduate Jacob Bell said two years ago he was texting and driving when his car went underneath a school bus in Morgan's Point.

He said he is lucky everyone involved was able to walk away unharmed and he will never make that mistake again.

"Have it in an unreachable spot so you don't have the temptation of getting it in the first place.," Bell said. "Turn it off or something like that because you don't realize. You think you're good at texting and you can do it while you're driving. But you don't realize it until it truly happens."

Monday's event included a smashed smart phone the size of a car, a distracted driving simulator and stories from the families of  fatal crash victims.

Robert's said one of the campaigns main focuses are higher institutions.

"We have so many college age and younger are involved in social media," Roberts said. "There's so many distractions with Instagram and all the various social apps. We want to start as young as possible and keep it in everyone's mind that it's important when you get behind the wheel, the only thing you need to be doing is driving."

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