WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College and AT&T teamed up to bring a driving simulator to Union Station Friday to launch the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign.
You sit and try to drive as someone texts you. You must text them back quickly while still trying to stay on the road. It’s not easy and it leads to crashes. Even though texting while driving is illegal in North Carolina, many drivers still do it.
It’s a habit, campaign organizers, and some students say, we all need to put a brake on to set an example for the next generation.
“We got a newer generation who are starting to use smartphones … that are much younger than us so we need to be a good example for my little brother and other kids that they shouldn’t text and drive. If we do that and they’re still young, they’re going to think that’s a normal thing to do,” said Waleed Jarrad, the CFCC student body president.
The National Safety Council says every year, drivers who are texting cause more than 100,000 crashes. That’s why the ‘It Can Wait’ campaign organizers say more than 2,500 organizations support them.