Texting and Driving, It Can Wait

Texomans got a first hand look at the deadly dangers of texting and driving. Newschannel 6 teamed up with AT&T at Midwestern State University to make it happen, and to raise awareness on the It Can Wait campaign.

The event offered a simulated car people could sit in with a TV screen. It simulated what it's actually like when you text and drive.

AT&T kicked off their campaign It Can Wait back in September so people will understand why it is important to wait.

The event simulator has been around the nation and has now made it's way to MSU. AT&T officials said the average text message will take your eyes off the road up to four to five seconds.

Deano Cox, AT&T External Affairs, said, "The event is called It Can Wait. It's an AT&T initiative and it's a simple and powerful message." Cox added, "The campaign educates kids, parents and teens on the dangers of texting and driving."

The Wichita Falls Police Department also attended the event Wednesday. Police said in the last year there has been 116 reported accidents, where a cell phone was involved.

People who attended the event had the opportunity to sign the It Can Wait Pledge. The point of the pledge is to step up and pledge not to text and drive.

AT&T officials said more than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting. The It Can Wait campaign will go back on the road and its next stop is California.

Natalie Garcia,   Newschannel 6