New social tool to help teens stop texting and driving

La Crosse students learn about #X

About 200 students at La Crosse Logan High School learned about the dangers of texting while driving.

As part of the “It Can Wait” movement, students were put behind the wheel of a driving simulator on Tuesday morning to see what happens when drivers check their phones.

Tuesday’s presenters said a person drives the length of a football field while sending an average text at 55 miles per hour.

“To text and drive and know what it feels like to be not fully in control of your car was a really good experience to know not to do it,” Logan High School junior Allison Bottem said after going through the simulation.

The students also watched a documentary about how texting and driving impacted people’s lives and learned about the new social tool #X. It’s a new social tool introduced as part of the “It Can Wait” campaign this year.

“#X is a tool that teens can use to pause a text or social conversation before beginning to drive,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “The symbol is a way for teens to quickly let their friends know that they are about to drive and won’t be responding to texts or social media until they arrive safely at their destination.”

The event “It Can Wait” event was put on by AT&T, AAA, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.