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Simulator lets users experience dangers of texting while driving

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Feb 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 18:10:50-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- AT&T is helping people experience all of the dangers involved with texting and driving without actually putting them in any danger.

As part of their “Txting & Driving…It Can Wait” program the company has created a computerized system inside a real car that creates a simulation of texting and driving, according to a press release.

Their program is designed to educate drivers about the dangers of texting while driving, and it includes a pledge drivers can take to not text and drive. They also offer a mobile app for Android and BlackBerry devices that creates a driving mode that auto-replies to text messages to inform them the user is driving and cannot reply.

According to information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 15 people are killed each day and more than 1,200 are injured in accidents reported to involve a distracted driver, which includes those using a mobile phone. The CDC also reports that 25 percent of drivers in the U.S. admit to talking on the phone while driving, and 9 percent report they text or email while driving.

Related story: U of U study shows self-proclaimed multi-taskers are the worst at multi-tasking.