CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- You probably know him as "The Subway Guy." Jared Fogle lost more than two hundred pounds, and became the face of Subway Restaurants. Now his message of diet and exercise, has moved to safety behind the wheel.
Jared and Subway are launching their W8 2 Text campaign, and it coincided perfectly with Brainerd High School's Distracted Driving Course.
To kick off the distracted driving demonstration, students drove a set course with an instructor in the car. To prove that texting is distracted driving, the students were told to text while they drove.
"If you text with friends in the car, you're not going to get that experience. They're not gonna let you know stuff you're doing wrong, things that affect other drivers. With the instructor, he let us know the dangers of it," says Brainerd High School Junior Demetrius Wiley.
To help drive the message home, Jared Fogle of Subway fame was there to help kick off Subway's National Safe Driving Campaign. Jared says this is a huge issue, that previous generations haven't had to deal with. He says people who text and drive are 23 times more likely to have an accident.
"They grow up texting; they grow up on phones; they don't know what to do without them," Fogle says. "Because of that, we're having more of an issue when they're behind the wheel doing that. There's no call, no text that's too important that they shouldn't wait to get out of the car, look at it and respond back."
Jared says Subway will be giving out small, yellow thumb bands to remind drivers not to text while driving.
Wiley says the message was received, and he'll do his part to spread it.
"If you take a second and think, you can text your momma and say, 'I'm on my way real quick'," he says. "You never know. Anything can happen. You should never text and drive under any circumstances."