BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Some Palm Beach County students were schooled on the dangers of texting and driving Wednesday morning by a professional race car driver.
17-year-old Tristan Nunez spoke to hundreds of Boca Raton students about distracted driving.
Nunez, who won the won the 2012 Cooper Tires Prototype Lites championship, says he recognizes that distracted driving is a growing trend and wants to be an advocate on a national level.
In Florida, bans on texting and driving are advancing in the Senate and the house. At least 8 distracted driving bills are before the 2013 legislative session.
"Most students think that driving is an easy task to do. They don't understand that texting takes your eyes off the road for a minimum of 4.6 seconds
A lot can happen going 55 miles per hour, which is the length of a football field. Once they grasp into that concept, they begin to understand," Nunez said.
Students watched several public service announcements and were given wrist bands and car air fresheners as reminders to not text and drive.
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