A group of teen drivers came to the 13WMAZ studio for an experiment to explain why four out of ten of their peers, according to a CDC study, text behind the wheel.
While the drivers were filling out a simulated waiver form, 13WMAZ's Katelyn Heck sent them text messages from our production booth and timed how long it took each teen to check their phone.
Some looked at their message within two seconds of receiving it, while others did not pick up their phone at all.
When the teens were told about the experiment, many of them stated that they, and their peers, sometimes put texting too high on their priority lists.
The group also participated in a second experiment. They each were given a picture to color were asked at random to close their eyes for five seconds. According to studies from the National Highway Safety Administration, that's the average time a driver will look away from the road to check a text message.
Most of the teens were not able to stay coloring within the lines during those five seconds and said that showed how easy it would be to run off the road or hit another car if they were texting and driving.