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Simulator Shows Dangers of Distracted Driving

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EUGENE, Ore. — A simulator was set up on the University of Oregon campus to illustrate the dangers of distracted driving.AT&T set up the virtual reality simulater outside the EMU on the U of O campus as part of their It Can Wait campain, to catch students and staff on campus and show them the dangers.The simulator takes them through several scenarios, including almost hitting kids in a crosswalk, almost swerving into a car, and finally getting t-boned because they weren’t looking where they were going.In the simulation, the driver constantly looks down at his or her phone to read text messages and check social media, causing the distractions.AT&T research statistics show that 7-in-10 people use their mobile phones while driving.While most of these people are texting, 40% use social media, and almost 30% are browsing the web.At the end of the simulation, participants are asked about their experience and asked if they would take the It Can Wait pledge to not text or use a mobile phone while driving.In the five years AT&T has been doing their It Can Wait campaign, over 7 million people have taken the pledge.

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