AT&T tours NC to show texting while driving danger

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — AT&T is traveling across North Carolina over the next 10 days to demonstrate the dangers of texting while driving.

Starting Thursday, the telecommunications company is taking a simulator to seven locations to reinforce the message that text messages can wait while people are driving.

The simulator will appear at multiple high schools as well as the North Carolina Legislative Building and safety organizations. The simulator puts participants behind the wheel of a real but immobilized vehicle. They wear virtual reality goggles that display lifelike roads and are asked to send text messages while trying to navigate road hazards.

North Carolina banned texting while driving in 2009.

The first exhibit is scheduled for The Village Inn in Clemmons during a conference of the North Carolina Driver Traffic Safety Education Association.

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