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Carrollwood Day students rally against texting and driving

Published:   |   Updated: May 17, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Rep. Doug Holder, R-Sarasota, learned the perils of texting and driving first-hand during an event at Carrollwood Day School on Monday.

Holder climbed into the AT&T Texting and Driving simulator for a spin.

AT&T brought the simulator and its “It Can Wait” campaign to the school as fifth-grade students presented the results of their research project on the dangers of texting and driving.

Though they are too young to drive, the simulator helped students learn how dangerous texting and driving can be.

Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get into an accident and 75 percent of teens say texting while driving is common among their friends, a survey found.

AT&T’s goal is to make texting and driving as unacceptable as drinking and driving.

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