Assemblymember Frazier and AT&T Work Together to Raise Awareness about the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Frazier Challenges Legislators, Capitol Staff and Media to Join the “It Can Wait” Movement

Sacramento, CA Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Oakley) partnered with AT&T to bring a virtual reality simulator to the State Capitol. The simulator allowed legislators, capitol staff and members of the media to experience firsthand the dangers of texting and driving.

“Cell phone use while driving has been illegal for over five years, yet it is still the cause of more than 200,000 crashes a year,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “For most of us, rehearsed messages and words on paper don’t hit home the way an interactive experience does. I have brought the AT&T virtual reality simulator to the Capitol to emphasize that driving requires an individual’s absolute attention – hands on the wheel, eyes on the road, and mind focused on operating the vehicle.”

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds; it’s the equivalent of driving blind at 60 mph for over 100 yards or driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent. The AT&T Simulator offers participants a chance to test their texting and driving abilities in a controlled environment. As participants ‘drive,’ they receive text messages and are required to respond. The ultimate goal is that participants understand the unfortunate consequences that result when their attention is divided between the road and their cell phone.

“It Can Wait” is a national movement tapping into the power of social media and personal networks to make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.  It urges drivers to visit www.ItCanWait.com, where they can pledge not to text and drive, and share their pledge with others via Twitter (#ItCanWait) and Facebook. It also offers a host of educational resources and information on the issue – including a documentary featuring families impacted by texting and driving crashes.

To contact Assemblymember Jim Frazier please visit his website at http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call his District Offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.

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