According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), distracted driving is the leading cause of deaths in teenagers .
On Wednesday, Marquette Senior High School had a lecture to keep their students from becoming a part of the statistic. Students watched a series of videos where a simple distraction turned deadly. While some were fiction, others were real.
"I knew that we'd have a talk about it, but it was hard watching the videos and how graphic they were," said Molly Gaudrea, a 15-year-old freshman at MSHS.
The students didn't just witness this on video but from behind the wheel as well; they drove simulated cars while having to send text messages.
Sending or receiving messages takes the driver's eyes off the road for approximately 4.6 seconds, and at 55-mph, thatâ??s driving the equivalent of a football field, blind.
Kelsey Raeffaele, a 17-year-old girl killed while on her cell phone, motivated Michigan to create Kelseyâ??s Law. The law joins 35 other states prohibiting teens from using cell phones while driving.
The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that 10 states prohibit talking and 39 states ban texting while driving .
Even with restrictions, a 2011 report from the CDC said 3,331 lives were lost in the United States to distracted driving , something â??Save A Life Tour' manager, Cody Beerthuis, knows all too well.
"Iâ??ve lost about six friends due to texting and driving and drinking and driving, since high school," said Beerthuis. "I've also been in distracted driving accidents, so Iâ??ve seen the consequences of them firsthand."
Consequences he hopes others avoid by learning from his mistakes.
"I donâ??t think I'll ever text and drive," said freshman, Brady Aboussleman, 15.