BOSTON (WWLP) - Nearly 50 percent of people admit to texting while driving.
Distracted driving research finds that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in a car accident. 75 percent of teens say texting while driving is common among their friends.
A simulation trailer will be making appearances across the state to show teens the dangers of distracted driving. Young people who tried to text on the simulators were unable to drive without crashing.
"That was probably one of the scariest experiences I've ever had and it's just a simulator," said Kelsey Santello of Franklin. "The fact that I could have died, so I could text my mom saying 'I love you', is a pretty sad thing."
250 students from across the state participated in the Distracted Driving Summit on Beacon Hill. A survey found that 78 percent of teens would likely not text while driving if a friend told them it was wrong.