Texting and driving simulator shows teens ‘It Can Wait’

The AT&T texting while driving simulator at City High School in Grand Rapids. (Nov. 19. 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — AT&T teamed up with Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Rapids Police Department Thursday to show the dangers of distracted driving.

They brought a virtual reality simulator to the City High School auditorium to show students and teachers how dangerous it can be to look at your phone while driving.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky said he is an advocate for the “It Can Wait” campaign and that is it is important to show student drivers how dangerous distracted driving can be.

“The message is simple. As Michiganders, we know how to drive in inclement weather. What no one is prepared to do is drive, text, tweet and update your Facebook status. Driving is a responsibility that deserves your undivided attention,” Rahinsky said.

Rahinsky said that when drivers allow themselves to be distracted by their phones, the roads are less safe and lives are at risk.

Jim Murray, president of AT&T, said that two more virtual reality simulator sessions will take place this week at Southfield High School and at a Secretary of State in East Lansing. You can also check out a simulator online.

You can visit www.ItCanWait.com and pledge to keep your eyes on the road. It Can Wait is also asking individuals to share their pledge with others through Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #ItCanWait.



It Can Wait

The AT&T texting while driving simulator

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