AT&T, CENTRAL DAUPHIN HIGH SCHOOL TEAM UP TO PREVENT DISTRACTED DRIVING

Posted On On: February 15, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Member News

AT&T, CENTRAL DAUPHIN HIGH SCHOOL TEAM UP TO PREVENT DISTRACTED DRIVING
3D Experience Teaches Students About the Dangers of Distracted Driving
HARRISBURG, PA, Mon. Feb. 15, 2016 — Citing research that shows 7-in-10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving, ** AT&T set up a virtual reality (VR) simulator at Central Dauphin High School, allowing high school juniors and school staff to experience how dangerous it can be when drivers take their eyes off the road to look at their smartphones. The event is part AT&T’s It Can Wait initiative.
“Using a smartphone while driving can be deadly – for drivers, their passengers and for everyone on the road,” said Dave Kerr, AT&T’s regional vice president for External Affairs in Pennsylvania. “A post, a selfie, a text, a scroll, an email while driving — one look is all it takes. This simulation shows the real consequences of looking at your phone while driving. We’re glad the district’s leadership and the entire team at Central Dauphin welcomed us to the school, so together we could remind young drivers: it all can wait.”
Kerr added that today’s event is the first of four this week in Pennsylvania – and is among more than 300 scheduled for communities nationwide this year. Other stops this week include Lebanon Valley College in Annville; University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown; and University of Pittsburgh (main campus).
“All drivers – especially younger ones – need to understand the consequences of smartphone distractions while driving,” said state Rep. Ron Marsico. “AT&T’s It Can Wait program is a great resource to help prevent this behavior, and I’m glad that students at Central Dauphin High School had a chance to experience the consequences using virtual-reality technology.”

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