Belgium Makes Teens Text And Drive During License Test

May 3, 2012

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Seen here in the letter jacket he thought he was going to grow into, a teen texts behind the wheel. And now Belgium is requiring some teens taking their driving test to attempt to text in the process to prove just how dangerous it is. Pfft, it's not that dange-- holy shit how long have I been on the sidewalk?

Before the test, the examiner shows them an official looking letter, which says that a new government directive asks them to show that they can use a phone safely while driving. That sounds pretty unlikely given the push to ban all handheld devices in cars, but the kids buy into the official looking rule change.

While texting, I imagine it doesn't take long before the kids are running over orange cones and cutouts of children at play. Come on bro, I knew that wasn't a real kid. That said, I failed my driving test three times. I kept getting points deducted for not looking left before making a right turn because on the closed-course THERE WAS NO ROAD TO THE LEFT for a car to even be coming from. "Pretend like it's real-life" the test-giver told me. F***ing abstract driving test. I cried HARD when I failed the third time.

Hit the jump for a video demonstration of what the kids are put through.

Thanks to ricardo and Chelsea, who never text and drive because they still rock pagers. Aww yeah -- my code's 81 so you'll know it's me!

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