GLEN BURNIE, Md. - The door closes. Danielle Maines puts her seat belt on and places her hands on the wheel. She's a new driver with a candid response. When asked if she texts behind the wheel, Maines said “maybe once.”
She puts on glasses to give her a reality check. Once may not lead to a second chance. The 18 year-old gets up to 45 m.p.h. on what's similar to a video game. Then she's told to text. It didn't take long.
"Oh, I killed someone," Maines said. "I didn't [see them] until I looked up and it was too late," said Maines.
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About 400 student athletes are brought in to North County High School in Glen Burnie for the test hosted by the Allstate Foundation.
"Whether they're going back and giving presentations or if it's just by their behaviors, we want to make sure that we're giving them the information so they can change that behavior and influence their peers," said Shelva Clemons, Allstate Foundation.
It’s estimated that if you text behind the wheel, you go blind for about 5 seconds or the length of a football field if you’re driving 55 m.p.h.
"It gets confusing because you're looking and going back and forth at the same time. That one second you hit someone," said Erik Proctor, a new driver.
"On a road, things happen in a split second. You have to be paying attention at all times," said Alli Aliu, a new driver.
Patrick Sheehy writes a citation. But the simulator has a reset button. Real life isn't so simple.