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Cal Poly hosts ‘Distracted Driving’ simulator

Cal Poly University hosted AT&T on its campus on Friday as part of a “Distracted Driving” simulation aimed at illustrating the dangers of driving while texting.

“Every single second you are not looking on the road it can be hazardous,” says Harris Nguyen, a freshman at Cal Poly.

It’s a hazard a virtual reality simulator is showing students by teaching them how in a split second everything can change when you become distracted while driving.

It’s all part of AT&T’s nationwide campaign “It Can Wait” to decrease the amount of times someone looks down at their phone or becomes distracted.

“It will make me more cautious about what is on the road than what is on the screen on my phone,” says Angel Carrillo, a freshman at Cal Poly.

Organizers say distracted driving is an epidemic, 7 out of 10 people admit to using their phone while behind the wheel.

“In our virtual reality we show people that no post, no text, no email not even a selfie is worth your life or someone else’s life,” says Christopher Johnson, an spokesperson with the campaign.

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