When young drivers showed up at their equivalent of a DMV in Belgium, they were placed behind the steering wheel with a mobile phone. Their challenge: safely drive while texting.
The people taking the test were asked to compose messages, such as “I will get French fries” and “We’ll be a late tonight.” The ploy by an organization called Responsible Young Drivers resulted in many abrupt stops, sharp turns, cones getting knocked over and even the proctor — who at times isn’t wearing a seat belt — getting tossed as a result of these jerky motions.
One driver was so exasperated by the exercise that he declared, very aptly: “People will die. People will be killed on the road.” Couldn’t agree more.