Dangers of Texting While Driving on Display at the Capitol

4 years 8 months 2 days ago Tuesday, April 15 2014 Apr 15, 2014 Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:37:00 AM CDT April 15, 2014 in News
By: Amy Munneke, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY- AT&T has been traveling across the state raising awareness for texting while driving with its virtual reality simulator. Tuesday, AT&T stopped at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

The simulator gave lawmakers and staff the opportunity to experience what it's like to drive a car while texting. The simulator gives the same eyes-off-the-road and hands-off-the-wheel experience as if you were driving.

The 3-D simulator is similar to a video game driving setup that holds a chair, steeling wheel, pedals and monitor for the driver. 

Texting while driving is the cause of more than 200,000 vehicle crashes each year according to the National Safety Council. 

The "It Can Wait" movement has had more than 3.5 million pledges since the beginning of its campaign.  The movement has one message: No text is worth dying for... it can wait.

In Missouri it is against the law to text while driving when under the age of 21.

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