Texting while driving is a recipe for disaster as one text takes the eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s driving the length of a football field completely blind, according to AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign aimed at educating teens against the dangers of texting while driving.
AT&T is taking the virtual texting while driving chair simulator around the state from March 28 through April 5.
The Jones Center and NorthWest Arkansas Community College will each be hosting virtual driving and texting simulations on March 31 and April 2, at their respective campuses in Springdale and Bentonville.
The simulator is a video game driving setup that houses a chair, steering wheel, pedals, and monitor for the driver. Students will be able to the 3-D driving simulation that re-creates the eyes-off-the-road and hands-off-the-wheel experience of texting while driving.
AT&T has garnered more than 3.5 million pledges in its “It Can Wait” movement and continues to educate young drivers with this simulator.
• The Jones Center event is slated between 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Mar. 31.
• The NWACC event is scheduled between 10 a.m and 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 in the student center.