Drive Smart cruises to Radford teaching good habits behind the wheel

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Students in Radford got behind the wheel Wednesday and started texting.

This was for a good reason. It's a simulation to teach students how dangerous it is to text and drive. Drive Smart Virginia held the event at Radford High School Wednesday.

Students hopped in the drivers seat and started texting while attempting to drive down a busy virtual road.

"What we're hoping is that they're taking these habits and implying them as they start to learn to drive and that way they don't develop those bad habits and have to change them as they get older," said Kristin Pettway, from Drive Smart Virginia.

The distractions forced students to crash in the simulation.

The Radford Sheriff's Office helped students discover what happens when their full attention isn't on the road.

According to the organization, car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America.