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State police and AT&T join forces against texting and driving

HAMBURG — Summer vacation is in full swing and more Western New Yorkers, especially young drivers, are on the road.

To educate the public about the dangers of texting and driving, AT&T will provide a driving simulator as part of the New York State Police program at the Erie County Fair, Aug. 7 – 14.
This simulator includes a crime scene display involving a crashed car and a walk-through venue. The crime scene will depict a real-life accident in which the driver crashed, as a result of texting while driving, and then left the scene of the accident.

“We’re in the midst of the 100 deadliest days for U.S. teen drivers, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York president of AT&T.

AT&T will have two “It Can Wait” online driving simulators, which come with a wheel and gas/brake pedal for attendees to try out. The online simulator is available free to the public at www.itcanwaitsimulator.org.

Attendees will also be able to take the pledge to never text and drive in their lifetime, at www.itcanwait.com. AT&T, its employees and other supporters have asked all drivers to visit www.itcanwait.com, to take the no-texting-and-driving pledge and then share their promise with others via Twitter (#itcanwait) and Facebook.

The pledge effort is part of the company’s public awareness campaign with a stated effort of making texting and driving as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.
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