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Car simulator tests effects of texting

Do you think you’re the master of texting behind the wheel? The one driver who can defy the odds and every study that says otherwise, and drive safely while sending text messages?

Come to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Friday to learn the truth. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash.

AT&T will give you a chance to test your texting skills without putting anyone else at risk. It’s bringing a car simulator to the USA Science and Engineering Festival on Friday to educate teens about the dangers of texting while driving.

The simulator is part of an AT&T campaign called “It can wait” that will embark on a nationwide tour following this weekend’s expo to educate teens about the dangers of texting while driving.

AT&T developed “The Last Text” documentary that features true stories about people whose lives have been changed forever because of instances of texting while driving. And it has developed the AT&T DriveMode app for BlackBerry and Android that provides an auto-reply message to texts and e-mail messages notifying people that the user is driving and will respond when it is safe.

Ashley Halsey reports on national and local transportation.
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