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Texting and driving simulator comes to Albany

Posted: Updated: Jun 16, 2014 11:09 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. –  Texting and driving can be a deadly combination as concern on the roads grows every year with hundreds of thousands of crashes each year. 

According to AAA, the days between Labor Day and Memorial Day are the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers. Experts say that has a lot to do with texting while driving.

AT&T and the New York State Senate are teaming up on Monday to bring a traveling texting and driving simulator to the State Capitol. Leaders hope that participants will be able to see how dangerous a single text, tweet, or email can be while in a car.

As people use the simulator, they buckle up and turn on the car. But the New York State Legislature and the It Can Wait Campaign are adding ‘keeping your phone away’ to every driver’s checklist. 

Rawshawn Pouchie used the simulator at the Legislative Office Building on Monday morning. 

"Unexpected really, I thought I'd do better than I actually did,” said Pouchie.

He wasn’t the only other person to crash in the simulation.

“They say read the text, then cars fly at you, and from every direction, and you just crash. You got to keep your eyes on the road. Don't text and drive,” said Anthony Schaustal.

The It Can Wait Campaign says it's trying to get people to understand that texting while behind the wheel is not safe.
“It means that no text is worth dying for and we hope if we can even reach one adult or young person today, it's been worth it to have the texting while driving simulator here,” said Amy Kramer with AT&T.

For those that used the simulator on Monday, the campaign succeeded in making them think twice before texting while driving 

This campaign travels the country, stressing importance on not texting and driving. It chose the New York Legislator, not only to show support to New York texting and driving legislation, but to remind everyone that it isn't just kids who text and drive. 

The simulator will be in Albany at the Legislative Office Building on Monday until 4 p.m. It is open to the public and parents can bring their teenager and their smartphone to test the simulator. 

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