Simulator displays dangers of texting and driving

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Texting and driving is being encouraged behind the wheel of a computer-generated simulator in New York City.

The NYC Department of Transportation and AT&T hosted a simulator that sends participants a text message while they attempt to drive a car.

Officials chose one of the city’s busiest intersections along 23rd Street at a pedestrian plaza next to the Flatiron building.

The “It Can Wait” campaign was designed to highlight the dangers of texting and driving.

In New York, drivers can receive a traffic ticket for using a hand-held mobile telephone or sending a text or an email while driving (except to call 911 or to contact medical, fire or police personnel about an emergency).

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