NEW DEAL, TX (KCBD) - According to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, more than 100,000 traffic crashes involve distracted driving each year.
New Deal High School students got the chance to experience firsthand how dangerous it is to be distracted when you're driving.
"I think it's important that they understand the consequences and what can happen," New Deal High School Principal Matt Reed said, "and how important it is to be focused while you're driving and not be distracted."
New Deal High School held a program led by Mike Guidry, the Passenger Safety Program Coordinator with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
"The phone is an everyday use of life, we have to use it," Guidry said, "what I try to reach to most of these students is how to do it safely and be aware of the other persons out there as well."
The program has a distracted driver simulator, virtual reality goggles, and a quiz game - all to show students how dangerous it is to use your phone while behind the wheel.
"Going in with the safe environment further demonstrates just how dangerous texting is," Guidry said, "once you take your eyes off the road, even for those few seconds, you're going to be off the side of the road and you're going to be hitting someone head on."
The program teaches students that no message is that important, to risk your life when you're driving.
"That text message can wait, that phone call can wait," Reed said. "We need to relay that to these students for their safety and the safety of their families and the community."
Just like the program at New Deal High School, Shallowater High School will also be holding its own distracted driving program on Thursday.