A virtual reality simulator showing the dangers of distracted driving was at Lions Club Park in Killeen on Monday.
AT&T brought in the traveling simulator as part of a campaign to help reduce accidents caused by distracted driving.
“AT&T research shows that 7 in 10 people engage in smartphone activities while driving. People are doing much more than just texting from behind the wheel. They’re checking email, posting to social media, and even snapping selfies,” according to a news release from the company. “Participants can experience firsthand how dangerous it is to take their eyes off the road and glance at a phone.”
Diane Brandon, a public relations manager for AT&T, said the driving simulator has been all over the state, but she wasn’t sure if it had stopped in Killeen before.
“It’s been all over North Texas for the last month or so,” Brandon said, adding she was glad to see Gov. Greg Abbott sign a law last week banning texting and driving.
Texas will become one of the last states to adopt some kind of texting while driving ban when the law takes effect Sept. 1. Texting would be punishable by a fine of up to $99 for first-time offenders and $200 for repeat offenses.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Arizona, Missouri and Montana will be the only states without a texting while driving ban.
The state law covers texting only and prohibits the use of hand-held phones to “read write or send an electronic message” while driving. Other internet use for navigation or music programs is allowed.
The simulator was at the Killeen park from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday before it moved on to other Texas cities, including Austin and later El Paso, Brandon said.