BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — AT&T Thursday placed students in the front seat of its “texting while driving” simulator to find out just what can happen when you’re texting while driving.
The simulation was part of FAU’s annual safety fair focusing on the perils that come with being a student — as well as a Floridian — ranging from drug and alcohol use to hurricane preparedness.
The texting-while-driving simulator is part of the “It Can Wait” movement, launched by AT&T in 2010. The program has led to more than 5 million pledges from drivers who promise (or at least claim) that they’ll never text and drive, more than a half million “it can wait” tweets, and more than a million downloads of the AT&T “drive mode” app which silences texts while a car is in motion.
The “It Can Wait” movement also launched the “hashtag” #X which tells others that you’ll be back but won’t text, tweet or Facebook while you’re driving.
Putting down the phone when you’re behind the wheel isn’t only a good idea, it’s the law in Florida. Texting while driving is illegal.