MAST Academy students learn the dangers of distracted driving

MAST Academy students learn the dangers of distracted driving

Miami-Dade County Public Schools School Board member Mari Tere Rojas is pictured using the AT&T IT CAN WAIT simulator.

Distracted driving is never okay. You’re never alone on the road, even when you are alone in your car.

That is the message AT&T hopes its IT CAN WAIT Virtual Reality (VR) simulator drove home with MAST Academy students in Virginia Key. The simulator paid a visit to the school on Aug. 29, as part of AT&T’s IT CAN WAIT Virtual Reality Tour.

The IT CAN WAIT VR simulation is designed to steer people away from smartphone driving distractions. Using the AT&T IT CAN WAIT VR app with the Samsung Gear VR headset, Samsung Note smartphone and Bose noise-canceling headphones, the students experienced in a 3-D immersive, lifelike setting, what can happen when they are distracted by their phone while behind the wheel.

The IT CAN WAIT VR tour was spawned by research from AT&T that showed seven in 10 people engage in smartphone activities behind the wheel. In 2015, AT&T expanded the focus of the IT CAN WAIT campaign from texting to include other smartphone driving distractions, such as posting to social media, emailing and surfing the net.

AT&T launched the IT CAN WAIT campaign in 2007. More than 19 million pledges have been made by people to not drive distracted.

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1 Comment on "MAST Academy students learn the dangers of distracted driving"

  1. Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees who seek to do work while behind the wheel. Fleet vehicles/company cars are on the road more than teen drivers. They “multi-task” becoming very distracted.

    The State wants to increase fees and fines, but there is a tech way to stop these distraction. There are apps to block you using your phone when you drive. AT&T DriveMode is one example and it is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that Florida has thousands of State vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.

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